Wendell Berry is a prolific American writer who has written more than eighty books of poetry, fiction and essays. As a farmer, he wrote early pieces about the need to protect the environment and his poetry often speaks to his love of and spiritual connection to nature.
“The Peace of Wild Things”
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
There are many virtual choirs on You Tube to inspire us during this time.
This one showcases 65 churches in the UK singing
The Blessing to show that our churches may be closed but they are very much alive.