Tis a gift to be simple
Tis a gift to be free
Tis a gift to set down right where we ought to be.
And when we set down
in the place that is just right
it shall be in the valley of love and delight.
As I struggled with identity and “just”-ness this past week, this Shaker song came to mind. I don’t know the history of the lyrics, and I’m sure they have greater meaning than I give to them. But, for me in this moment, I love the idea of freedom and simplicity coming when I “set down where I ought to be.”
Where I ought to be right now isn’t adventurous or fancy, but it is sweet and passes quickly. Bea has taken to snuggling in bed again. Even if it is earlier than I’d love, the sweetness of that moment is something to cherish. The baby wakes up and kicks around whenever Bea snuggles in and I get a glimpse of moments in the not too distant future.
I remember, too, what a gift this is. It’s not something I’ve earned, though we have made conscious decisions as a family to live a certain way. But, the ability to do so, the ability to stop and embrace the moment. These are gifts that I can’t discount.
What are some simple gifts in your life?
Linked with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday, a time to write without editing.