We were up in the high country retreating. It was an annual meeting for people who work with Bill and I tagged along. The views exhilarated everyone even though the altitude takes some getting used to.
The coolest part for me was communion at the close of the three-day meeting. Juan Carlos from Ecuador led us. Instead of wine, we had some strong tea-like beverage in a sipper-type tin cup. Instead of bread, we partook of a tortilla. Juan Carlos said, "Jesus said to do this in remembrance. Please share something you remember about Jesus." Well, of course I became quite weepy. I shared that I remember that He is the Shepherd. I couldn't say more than that because I felt so overcome with emotion. What I was thinking was, "I am so glad that I, a silly sheep, belong to the Good Shepherd." I think it was the most memorable communion service of my life.
This year, because I am not at school all day, I am savoring the garden. I picked cucumbers and made pickles! The sunflowers are reaching for the sky. I'll have time to pull out dead stuff.
Look what happened. A leaf fell. Fall is coming and don't we like to call it the season of cozy and bloggers' best time of year? (Mags reminded me of this) and MK can't wait either (she reminded me of my season of cozy phrase)! This year I'm going to savor the end of summer because I can, but I can't lie - I am VERY eager for fall. I plan on walking and biking in the crisp fall air. I shall drink a goodly amount of tea throughout the day. We have a few trips planned, but overall I look forward to a quiet year of regrouping and waiting for direction. I know He will direct me, my Good Shepherd.
Samantha and I took a monkey-like selfie last Sunday. Aw, my warm little grands.