Where the blog title comes from

“If you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days.” –Annie Dillard

The plan is to post a thought every monday about life, faith, writing, and a variety of related things.

Why pennies? Barbara Brown Taylor first got me interested in them in 2007 when she preached about the parable of the lost coin. She said, “Who takes time for a penny anymore?” I thought, “I do. Or, at least, I want to be someone who does.”

I came across Annie Dillard’s thought a few years later. It seems like much-needed wisdom for me. Maybe for a lot of us.

The world is planted in pennies, and those of us who love them for their sake–not just for what they might buy us, because they will surely never be enough for that–are rich indeed. And blessed. Hopefully, this blog will be my way to sow a few more pennies into the path for others to find and take delight in.

One thought on “Where the blog title comes from

  1. Thank you for your insight, Eric. I’ll be following you from week to week. In the meantime, your post brought the following to mind. Harold Arlen’s lyric is a little more cliche, but profound nevertheless.

    Little drops of rain,
    Little grains of sand,
    Make the mighty ocean
    And the pleasant land.

    Little notes that sing,
    Little words that rhyme,
    Make the mighty memories
    And the dreams of time.

    Never let a minute
    Lie there on the shelf
    For there may be in it
    All of life itself…

    All the best for the New Year!

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