Friday, March 25, 2011

Holy as the day is spent...


Last night, I was watching a concert on TV when Carrie Newcomer sang this song.  It's beautiful!

Holy As The Day Is Spent

Holy is the dish and drain
The soap and sink, the cup and plate
And the warm wool socks, and the cold white tile
Showerheads and good dry towels

And frying eggs sound like psalms
With a bit of salt measured in my palm
It’s all a part of a sacrament
As holy as a day is spent

Holy is the busy street
And cars that boom with passion’s beat
And the check out girl, Counting change
And the hands that shook my hands today

Hymns of geese fly overhead
And stretch their wings like their parents did
Blessed be the dog
That runs in her sleep
The catch that wild and elusive thing

Holy is a familiar room and the quiet moments in the afternoon
And folding sheets like folding hands
To pray as only laundry can

I’m letting go of all I fear
Like autumn leaves of earth and air
For summer came and summer went
As holy as a day is spent

Holy is the place I stand
To give whatever small good I can
The empty page, the open book
Redemption everywhere I look

Unknowingly we slow our pace
In the shade of unexpected grace
With grateful smiles and sad lament
As holy as a day is spent

And morning light sings “providence”
As holy as a day is spent

Carrie Newcomer

10 comments:

Scrappy quilter said...

Beautiful words. Hope you're feeling better. You've been missed. Hugs

Heather L. said...

Love it. I am going to print it out and keep that.

Vee said...

She must have been reading "One Thousand Gifts." I'll have to see if I can find it out there to listen to.

Nanna said...

what a sweet post, I was just telling a friend the other day to sometimes wash teh dishes instead of the dishwaser cause God will speak to your heart when you stand still
Helen

moreofhim said...

Beautiful and something I really needed this evening. God is present in everything and is with us through all things.

I hope you're feeling better!! I am praying before the throne of God for your healing and His peace!!

God bless you - Julie

Melissa said...

Thats a nice song. :) What exactly is it about? A homemaker? Or? Forgive my ignorance.. us young women, ya know. Haha ;)

Anonymous said...

That is indeed beautiful and I thank you for sharing those words. It too reminded me of "One Thousand Gifts" which I'm reading for the THIRD time because I pick up something new each read through. And I will print it off and see if I can find the song to listen to. You have indeed been missed - hope you are on the mend the garden will soon be calling.

Laura

Vee said...

Haven't been able to find this particular song, though I've listened to several others. She certainly has a way with a meaningful lyric as in this one:

"I’ve stretched my soul over fifty states,
I have lived on fumes and religious cornflakes,
And once I dreamt my shoe had grown thin and battered,
And forgave myself for what didn’t matter." from Before and After

I was surprised by her throaty deeper than expected voice. I'll be watching for her.

Thoughts for the day said...

This is awesome you know I actually LOVE to wash dishes by hand. And I like to iron too. Yes I know I am strange. There is something to learn as we wash and press and ask the Lord to do that in our hearts as we open it up to him.

Joanne said...

Beautiful lyrics...I went over to listen to the song on YouTube and love it!
Thanks for the introduction to a new singer.
Joanne