The Fourth Liturgical Hour ~ Terce

The birds

outside my window

have taken up their tasks

well before I took any notice

Scattered here and there

across the frosty grass

they seek daily bread

How simple

the ways of birds!

God, in his great bounty

miraculously provides for them

I, on the other hand, must be

about my assigned tasks

It is the hour of work


The list is long

of things that I must do

if I hope to prove my worth

If I plan to earn my keep and build

out of the raw material of the day

something to look back upon

with satisfaction


So much of what is before me

seems preoccupied with form

So little has to do with substance

Impatient, I move through the tedious

toward what I hope will be



Lord, you call me

to be your partner

in the enterprise of the Kingdom

Are you here in these ordinary tasks?

If so, show yourself to me

Make my work sacred!

 [Prayers for the Hours of the Liturgical Day]


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to The Fourth Liturgical Hour ~ Terce

  1. What seems simple to us, is not always simple to others.


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