This Present Moment
The gloomy world is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
There is radiance and glory in the darkness,
could we but see;
and to see, we have only to look.
Life is so full of meaning,
So full of purpose and so full of beauty,
You may find that earth but cloaks your heav’n,
Courage to claim it that is all.
Life is so generous a giver,
judging its gifts by their covering,
cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard.
Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendour,
woven of love, by wisdom, with power.
No Heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it to-day.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little moment.
In this moment, take peace, take heav’n, take courage!
But courage you have and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together
Wending through the unknown country home.