“Lord, I do fear Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year;”
This phrase from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “God’s World,” perfectly describes my delight for Minnesota autumns. As we give way to snowy and cold days, I know that I’ll find delight in those as well. For now, however, I’m holding on to all of the dredges of the season, yearning to keep the golden glimmer always.
Here’s a beautiful poem for you this morning, delighting in God’s goodness in creation.
God’s World by Edna St. Vincent MillayO world, I cannot hold thee close enough!Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!Thy mists, that roll and rise!Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sagAnd all but cry with colour! That gaunt cragTo crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!Long have I known a glory in it all,But never knew I this;Here such a passion isAs stretcheth me apart,—Lord, I do fearThou’st made the world too beautiful this year;My soul is all but out of me,—let fallNo burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.
Today we’re reading:
Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are— I have needed thanksgiving in my heart more this year than ever, and I’m fighting for it tooth and nail. I also have told myself that I’m not allowed to read her new book “The Broken Way” until I re-finish this book.
Elisabeth Elliott’s Discipline: The Glad Surrender— This book has slowly been changing the way that I approach my life. I do plan to write about some of the key points in the future.
Alice Dalgliesh’s Thanksgiving Story—This children’s book was not on our curriculum for the year, but I’m glad I added it this week at the last minute. Some of our other Thanksgiving picture book stories get a little too gritty for our youngest listeners. The illustrations from Helen Sewell were simplistic and enjoyable, and the storyline followed children in one family as they adjusted to life in the New World.