Earlier this week, before the air quality was bad, I took Morgan for a walk at Battle Creek. While he happily chased his ball, I noticed something I’d never seen before. On the edge of a small pond was a single, wild iris.
The photo doesn’t quite do it justice. Yet, you it shows a faint purple flower on its own, in the middle of the greens. The sight took me back to my seminary days immediately.
In seminary, one of my favorite poets was Pulitzer Prize winning Louise Gluck. The Wild Iris is the title of one of her books and one of the poems within. The poem, “The Wild Iris, was on my top ten list for years.
The poem describes life, death, and rebirth through the experience of a flower. For me it described my experience with depression: “whatever
returns from oblivion returns
to find a voice…”
When I saw the wild iris at Battle Creek, I experienced a flood of gratitude for life, and the “voice” I discovered in my return from oblivion. I’ve carried this heightened sense of gratitude through the week. And it has been good.
What have you noticed or experienced in recent weeks that has sparked gratitude within you? Or joy? Was it something in nature or in another person or in yourself? Have you shared your experience with anyone?
Gratitude heals wounds within us and strengthens our relationships with others and with God. Today I am grateful for wild irises, healing, and community. How about you? What are you grateful for in this moment?
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