Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I'm a Turtle. I'm a Sheep.
Prayer of the Tortoise
A little patience,
I am coming.
One must take nature as she is!
It was not I who made her!
I do not mean to criticize
this house on my back --
it has its points --
but you must admit, Lord,
it is heavy to carry!
let us hope that this double enclosure,
my shell and my heart,
will never be quite shut to YOU.
~ CARMEN BERNOS DE GASZTOLD
Prayers from the Ark
I love that little prayer. I am a turtle who loves hares. What are you?
Samantha Rose and I had fun on Sunday. She came over while her parents went to the Denver Broncos football game.
The sky was Sunday BEAUTIFUL! Yes, the snow was very short-lived. Aren't the trees fantastic?
There was a nip in the air, so Sam wore her hat and mittens.
She's growing up! Look at her baby picture below.
What a lamb. I snuggled and kissed her. She smells delicious. We wore her out with lots of exercise, so she took a long nap. The rhythm of the day with a baby is so light and holy. Bliss.
It's time to buy and EAT waxy pumpkins. Have you bought any?
This time of year is so . . . happy. Cider in a fat cup, stories in the classroom, sun glow through the maple trees, Halloween excitement, Homecoming football games, the promise of pumpkin pie, and a million other little delights make October welcoming. In a week and a half I get a week OFF from school. Bill and I are going to Maine. I've never been there and I am very much looking forward to sniffing the Atlantic Ocean and eating a lobster. Have you read Sarah Plain and Tall? She was from Maine. I might read that book to Bill while we are there.
In the morning, I am reading A Circle of Quiet by Madeline L'Engle. Here is a thoughtful line you might be blessed by:
"Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else."
Do you like that? I do!
It's true, isn't it? Our journey into our soul, where we find Him doing His gentle housekeeping; that's good self work. The rest of the time (smile) we focus on people (they can be fascinating) and serving others. We create, losing ourselves in play. We go to the map (our Bible) and we gain that other-centeredness that is the secret to FOREVER. Still a sheep, bumping up against other wooly wonders, heading HOME.
Baaaaaaaa. Come on, let's go!