Take Love for Granted (Special Guest: Bethany Williams)

 Photo by  Jason Leung  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

Rev. Tommy Williams and his wife Bethany share conversation about one of Bethany's favorite poems, "Take Love for Granted" by Jack Ridl. She calls it a Sabbath poem, one that emphasizes the familiarity of family life.

Despite the expectations in our culture to "make something grand of your life," Bethany says one of the things she's learning is: "A sweet life gets smaller, in a way that is not disappointing."

Take Love for Granted
by Jack Ridl

Assume it’s in the kitchen,
under the couch, high
in the pine tree out back,
behind the paint cans
in the garage. Don’t try
proving your love
is bigger than the Grand
Canyon, the Milky Way,
the urban sprawl of L.A.
Take it for granted. Take it
out with the garbage. Bring
it in with the takeout. Take
it for a walk with the dog.
Wake it every day, say,
“Good morning.” Then
make the coffee. Warm
the cups. Don’t expect much
of the day. Be glad when
you make it back to bed.
Be glad he threw out that
box of old hats. Be glad
she leaves her shoes
in the hall. Snow will
come. Spring will show up.
Summer will be humid.
The leaves will fall
in the fall. That’s more
than you need. We can
love anybody, even
everybody. But you
can love the silence,
sighing and saying to
yourself, “That’s her.”
“That’s him.” Then to
each other, “I know!
Let’s go out for breakfast!”