July 5, Today’s thought – The Clod and The Pebble

ID-10032215 potterPotter’s Wheel by dan, at freedigitalphotos.net

Good Morning

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew_6:24

Mammon – Wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion.

THE CLOD AND THE PEBBLE

Love seeketh not Itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care;
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.

So sang a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle’s feet:
But a pebble of the brook,
Warbled out these metres meet.

Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to Its delight:
Joys in another’s loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.
~~William Blake November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827

For Blake in this poem, the Clod of Clay represents unselfish love and innocence. The hard Pebble is materialism, These are the contraries we live with. To transcend them calls for “the annihilation of selfhood” and the release of the poetic genius.
~~from A Poem a Day, edited by McCosker and Albery

But now, O LORD, thou art our father;
we are the clay,
and thou our potter;
and we all are the work of thy hand.
Isaiah 64:8

Lord, mold me . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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