Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
I watched a little boy digging a tunnel from the place where the tide crept close up to his mama’s feet. His lanky arms, working hard with occasional glances up to meet eyes and small of his mama.
A straight line, little clumpy hills bordering the hollowed out path from edge of ocean to his mama.
She smiled towards him, then towards me as I stepped over his tunneled path to walk down towards the open space of shore.
Her smile, a knowing smile, the sweetness of motherhood, our bond.
What beautiful stories are the ones of mamas and children, brief moments of treasure.
We walked on, my husband drifting ahead, slightly towards open water. My walk more slow, a response to the invitation of space wide and unhindered now.
I reach down to touch a washed up feather, wet, dull and textured, beaten by surf into its shape. I’ll place it in my book, allow it to dry, become white again and cause me to remember it as my treasure.
This morning’s verse, a morning verse, a call to God to turn my heart, my eyes and mind towards grand things and small things. The King James Version, more direct a request asking “Cause me to know you and see you, God.”
Cause me, stop me in my haste; may I be unable to look away, to not be aware of you, Lord.
Turn my face, Lord. Open my eyes and heart to the wide expanse of your glory and to the smallest of stories that invite my reading along.