About “Letters From the Street”

Why should I wish to see God better than this day?
I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each moment then,
In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in the glass,
I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is sign’d by God’s name,
And I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoe’er I go,
Others will punctually come for ever and ever.
— Walt Whitman, “Songs of Myself”

One thought on “About “Letters From the Street”

  1. This epigraph is from my favorite part of “Song of Mysëlf” (No. 47) and it came into my meditations during Firstday Worship yesterday: i looked across the green grass from the shady worship circle at the ripening green apples, the bursting dahlias, the flood of daisies and the swaying full trees of the Divine Cathedral, and i saw another letter from the Creator, dropt at my feet, telling me that (as Qaddish affirms) this living world is the way the Eternal One wanted it, and the overly technological, unsustainable energy-glutton dead world with its competetive values and deceptions/ lies that humans build for themselves out of their fear is not Truth. It is a challenging reality, but its foundations are sand. Is it possible to be a Friend of Truth in the 21st C. City? Can we survive in US style lives in centrifugal “communities”? How do we live so that our children can live better? What does thee do to knit together our lives in a communal bond?

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