Wisdom Week

I'm back from a wonderful week of retreat at Wisdom House (a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom located in the Berkshire Hills of Connecticut). My director was great, the grounds were beautiful, my room had 3 beds (just like Goldilocks - I chose the double bed of course!), but most of all it was such a graced experience to spend a week of quiet time with God.

There was also a pool which I found in my first few hours there last Sunday. As I lay floating in the water with my face to the sky, I felt this deep invitation to float into the heart of God.

Towards the ends of my stay I found this poem by Denise Levertov in a book of prayers in the book store at the retreat center. I couldn't believe how it captures the invitation and experience I had this week.

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all surrounding grace.

So I am home, my bloggy friends. Rested, renewed, and aware of the amazing power and presence of God's love in my life and in the world.

(The picture is from the new installations of windows in the Wisdom House Chapel called "Sophia's Garden. They are by Hugh O'Donnell and are absolutely breathtaking!)




Tess said...

Isn't it amazing how just the right words turn up at just the right time. Or maybe not so amazing.
I'm so pleased to hear of this affirming experience for you.
I may borrow the poem for my blog over the next few days if that's OK, with a link to you of course.

Susan Rose, CSJP said...


Feel free to borrow the poem - I borrowed it myself after all!