The world hinges on a moment,
an hour when the concept of a calendar
brought into fashion by Caesar,
desiring convenience amidst conquering,
becomes the standard on which we pin
hopes, dreams, intentions.

Pick a time in space
like the biblical god of Abraham,
and call it good.

Only why not carry that resolve
to do better, to love our fellows,
into practice with the dawning
of each day?

Maui across the Alenuihaha Channel

7 thoughts on “Re(al)solutions


    New every morning is the love
    Our wakening and uprising prove;
    Through sleep and darkness safely brought,
    Restored to life and power and thought.

    New mercies, each returning day,
    Hover around us while we pray;
    New perils past, new sins forgiven,
    New thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.

    If, on our daily course, our mind
    Be set to hallow all we find,
    New treasures still, of countless price,
    God will provide for sacrifice.

    Old friends, old scenes, will lovelier be,
    As more of heaven in each we see;
    Some softening gleam of love and prayer
    Shall dawn on every cross and care.

    We need not bid, for cloistered cell,
    Our neighbour and our words farewell,
    Nor strive to find ourselves too high
    For sinful man beneath the sky.

    The trivial round, the common task,
    Will furnish all we ought to ask;
    Room to deny ourselves, a road
    To bring us daily nearer God.

    Seek we no more; content with these,
    Let present rapture, comfort, ease
    As heaven shall bid them, come and go:
    The secret this of rest below.

    Only, O Lord, in Thy dear love,
    Fit us for perfect rest above,
    And help us, this and every day,
    To live more nearly as we pray.

    – John Keble

    I loved this hymn as a child. Still seems good after all these years. 🙂

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