Nouveau Vu

road through the forest Sometimes the lens of my mind swivels around and shows me something new. Not really new, but nouveau. Something that was there the whole time, but somehow, unnoticed.

It happened twice this week during The Commute.

The new growth on the dark redwoods was a brilliant green. The road was still there, but the sense of being surrounded by a living forest made the experience entirely different.

Later, sitting at a stoplight in the city, I stopped looking at the cars, and started looking at the drivers. The traffic was still there, but now, I was in the midst of other people, instead of cars and trucks.

Today, our usual quiet, spoken eight o’clock service included a baptism. It fits in nicely, substituting for the Nicene Creed, and I’ve attended a few over the years. But lines from the baptismal blessing just blew me away:

Sustain her, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit.
Give her an inquiring and discerning heart,
the courage to will and to persevere,
a spirit to know and to love you,
and the gift of joy
and wonder in all your works.

It was as if I’d never heard those words before. How could I have missed it? And yet, they have always been in the service for baptism.

Yet another reason to live a long life. Not just to see the new things. But to discover new ways of experiencing what has always been there.

new growth on a roadside redwood

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2 Responses to Nouveau Vu

  1. Liz Gregoy (the only) says:

    Sustain her, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit.
    Give her an inquiring and discerning heart,
    the courage to will and to persevere,
    a spirit to know and to love you,
    and the gift of joy
    and wonder in all your works.

    This has always been my favorite part of the Baptismal service, and always gives me chills, makes me smile, and sometimes makes my eyes moist.

  2. Steve Ellis says:

    My favorite part, too. What more could you ask for somebody?

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