"The Nightingale" by Judy Collins

Sacred Text Reading Group (Saturday)
Date(s) - 07/30/2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A twice-weekly online sacred text reading group. We meet on Saturdays, 4-5, and on Wednesdays, 12-1. All are wide open and you are welcome!

Our text for Saturday, July 30 is “The Nightingale” by Judy Collins. It can be found here


Words and Music by Judy Collins


Jacob’s heart bent with fear,

Like a bow with death for its arrow;

In Vain he searched for the final truth

To set his soul free of doubt.


Over the mountains he walked,

With his head bent searching for reasons;

Then he called out to God

For help and climbed to the top of a hill.


Wind swept the sunlight through the wheat fields,

In the orchard the nightingale sang,

While the plums that she broke with her brown beak,

Tomorrow would turn in to songs.


Then she flew up through the rain

With the sun silver bright on her feathers,

Jacob put back his frowns and sighed and walked

Back down the hill.


God doesn’t answer me and

He never will


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Using a spiritual-practice approach, in each session we will explore a different brief scriptural text in depth. The aims of the sessions are educational (learning something about the texts and traditions), spiritual/moral (discovering what the texts ask of us), and community-building (getting to know each other better). Our practice usually follows this version of Lectio Divina.

The facilitator will have a version of the text available to share; “bring” your own if you like. All are welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. Group members also take turns facilitating, if they want to try that role.

To have check-in time, or if you are new and would like a brief orientation, arrive ten minutes early. And all are welcome to stay ten minutes after as well, for more getting-acquainted time.

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