Have you lived YOUR life?

Every Lent I make a point of reading the poem “Ask Me” by American poet, William Stafford, which asks the question:  “Ask me whether what I have  done is my life.” It is the same question asked by Frederick Buechner in Listening to Your Life, which we are reading in our Lenten Study.  It is a question that is life giving for me, and I hope it is for you also:
                       Ask Me

Some time when the river is ice ask me mistakes I have made. Ask me whether what I have done is my life. Others have come in their slow way into my thought, and some have tried to help or to hurt: ask me what difference their strongest love or hate has made. I will listen to what you say. You and I can turn and look at the silent river and wait. We know the current is there, hidden; and there are comings and goings from miles away that hold the stillness exactly before us. What the river says, that is what I say.

In Christ, Mother Candace+

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