Faith Voices: Finding Prayer in the Small Things – Pastor Mary Williams

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

This poem has been quoted so many times. For this time in our culture, it gives us power to see the small things as equally important as those that steal the headlines. And the final question forces us to make a decision, just the one. And that decision could easily change not only a small thing, but something bigger than ourselves.

– Pastor Mary Williams
First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Pueblo

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