A Poem To Dig Deep On

Many thanks to Ruth Haley Barton's book Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership for this challenging chunk of verse. Let it filter into your day today.

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall go to the limits of your longing. Embody me.

Flare up like flame and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don't let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

Ranier Maria Rilke, Rilke's Book of Hours