Post by Kristin Jarvis Adams | March 2, 2019


Take heart all you Mama and Papa bears! This beautiful bit of wisdom written by Wendell Berry offered me much comfort while raising my children. Enjoy!

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


Photo: “Greenlake 7”

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Kristin Jarvis Adams' story of Andrew and Frightful is a beautiful and remarkable journey through medical mysteries, a reliance on a superhero chicken, and ultimately, a transcendent faith that ushers in hope when all else seems lost. 


  1. Kathy Parks on March 3, 2019 at 7:13 am

    I’ve also loved this poem – and have it printed on a card that I keep next to my desk. It is a constant reminder that peace does exist if only we stop long enough to be open and quiet …listening and waiting for the “still water” and the grace that follows. It’s a good one for any stage of life I find… even now as I’ve enter my seventh decade, it brings me solace.
    Have a great week Kristin!

  2. ellen boswell on March 3, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    You have the most amazing soul.

    • Michelle Wolf on March 3, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      Hey Ellen, this is my very special friend. So glad you are reading her blog. Would love to talk to you about having other people in our church hearing her speak!

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