the Lord changed rivers into deserts : and water springs into thirsty ground,

a fruitful land into salt flats : because of the wickedness of those who dwell there.

he changed deserts into pools of water : and dry land into water springs.

he lifted up the poor out of misery : and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep.

the upright will see this and rejoice : but all wickedness will shut its mouth.

whoever is wise will ponder these things : and consider well the mercies of the Lord.

let your justice flow down like waters, Lord : and shower us with your mercy.

psalm 107:33-35, 41-43

book of common prayer, reading for aug. 22

There are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained. There is the pleasure of being challenged; the pleasure of feeling one’s range and capacities expanding; the pleasure of entering into an unfamiliar world, and being lead into empathy with a consciousness very different from one’s own; the pleasure of knowing what others have already thought it worth knowing, and entering a larger conversation.

Rebecca Mead on the pleasures of reading to impress yourself. (via newyorker)