From the wayside

Michael Leunig, one of my favourite prayer poets, has this to say about those suffering from colds:
God bless those who suffer from the common cold.
Nature has entered into them;
Has led them aside and gently lain them low
To contemplate life from the wayside;
To consider human frailty;
To receive the deep and dreamy messages of fever.
We give thanks for the insights of this humble perspective.
We give thanks for blessing in disguise. Amen

I’m not suffering from a cold, but I am currently laid low by a different virus and having some doctor-ordered time at home. I feel I should embrace this space with a Leunig-like welcome but instead am mentally kicking against the pricks as hard as I can.

So this post is to remind myself that I am not called to be Superwoman but called to be Ellen. And being Ellen means accepting the need to sit by the wayside from time to time, remembering that I am dusty and mortal, and that the world will keep turning even when I’m not doing much to help it spin.

I hope you are healthy and hearty and full of life. But if you’re wearied and heavy-laden, whatever the cause, I hope you know that there is good company at the wayside and the possibility of blessings that we cannot yet perceive.

1 thought on “From the wayside

  1. It’s good to hear from theologybyheart again and to read MIchael Leung’s poem about suffering from the common cold (and we do complain about it!). I’m sorry to learn that a virus has decided to spend some time with you, Ellen. I hope it is not too serious and that it does not stay too long, especially as it has not received a friendly welcome! As you say, sometimes we just need to acknowledge who we are and spend some time “by the wayside” I hope you will receive some blessings there. I will look forward to seeing you when you are feeling better, I hope before too long.

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