God's Drawing Tide
48 youth and 8 adults are traveling to Washington State for the 2017 Annual Service Project Trip. They leave Friday, April 14 (Good Friday) and return on Saturday, April 22.
God’s drawing tide has called the youth to the rivers and the waters where the salmon live. While they explore and reflect upon the mysterious and compelling journey of the salmon—who travel from fresh water streams to salt water oceans back to the streams where they were born—they will explore their own Spiritual journey—from the moment they were born full of promise and God’s goodness, to traveling into the world, testing the waters of relationships and knowledge, to coming home again into the contours of their own heart and to God.
During their time on the trip, this poem, by David Whyte, will inspire them. Please pray for them and they will pray for you.
God’s Drawing Tide: Tending to the Journey - Poem by David Whyte
For too many days now I have not written of the sea,
nor the rivers, nor the shifting currents
we find between the islands.
For too many nights now I have not imagined the salmon
threading the dark streams of reflected stars,
nor have I dreamt of his longing,
nor the lithe swing of his tail toward dawn.
I have not given myself to the depth to which he goes,
to the cargoes of crystal water, cold with salt,
nor the enormous plains of ocean
swaying beneath the moon.
I have not felt the lifted arms of the ocean
opening its white hands on the seashore,
nor the salted wind, whole and healthy,
filling the chest with living air.
I have not heard those waves,
fallen out of heaven onto earth,
nor the tumult of sound and the satisfaction
of a thousand miles of ocean,
giving up its strength on the sand.
But now I have spoken of that great sea,
the ocean of longing shifts through me,
the blessed inner star of navigation
moves in the dark sky above
and I am ready like the young salmon,
to leave his river, blessed with hunger,
for a great journey on the drawing tide.’