544. When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator. ~Mahatma Gandhi

See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move
in silence…
we need silence to be able to touch souls.
~Mother Teresa

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No sky could hold
so much light–
and here comes the brimming,
the flooding and streaming
out of the clouds
and into the leaves,
glazing the creeks,
the smallest ditches!
And so many stars!
The sky seems stretched
like an old black cloth;
behind it, all
the celestial fire
we ever dreamed of!
And the moon steps lower,
quietly changing
her luminous masks, brushing
everything as she passes
with her slow hands
and soft lips–
clusters of dark grapes,
apples swinging like lost planets,
melons cool and heavy as bodies–
and the mockingbird wakes
in his hidden castle;
out of the silver tangle
of thorns and leaves
he flutters and tumbles,
spilling long
ribbons of music
over forest and river,
copse and cloud–
all heaven and all earth–
wherever the white moon
fancies her small wild prince–
field after field after field.
~Mary Oliver

Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you shining stars. ~Psalm 148:3   ✝

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25 thoughts on “544. When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator. ~Mahatma Gandhi

  1. I do believe I will have to read a little more of Ms. Oliver, as she is new to me. A lovely wordsmith, however, and I do thank you for the glimpse into her work. Thanks again.


    • You are very welcome! One of my followers introduced me to Mary Oliver this last year and I fell in love with her instantly. I’ve used lots of her poems in my posts since then. She is a wonderful wordsmith.
      Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  2. What a great quote from Mother Theresa eh. Wow. Yes, the silence. I’m not by nature a very silent person, but ohhhhhhh, I know that when God touches my heart and floods me with his intimate presence, the tears of peace flow and I am silent…. There’s nothing that compares. There’s nothing better. There’s a reason why it’s written in the Bible, “Be still and know that I am God”.
    Lovely reflection Natalie. My prayer is that I can always find that silence within with Him.
    🙂 ❤


    • My daughter sometimes calls me a social butterfly as I do have my chattering moments, and a mentor once called me gregarious. But I have moments of introspection and quietness as well. Actually I have to have them and get away at times of the madness of the world. It is always in the quiet stillness that we find God and feel His presence and hear Him speak. I like your prayer and pray that as well. Hugs and love, Staci 🙂 ❤

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