reaching for

Grace

It is time, I think,

to stop being aimless –

while continuing to strive for

purpose

  and

to pay attention

to the moments of

Daily Grace.

To reach for Grace.

To savor those

Grace Moments.

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Daily Awareness

every day at least

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

clarity

My visits to Clarity are soothing now. He never tells me what to think or feel or do but shows me how to find out what I need to know. It was not always like this. I used to visit other people who visited him. Finally, I summoned the courage to call on him myself. I still remember the first time I went to see him. Was I surprised. He lives on a hill in a little house surrounded by wild roses. I went in the living room and sat down in a comfortable chair by the fireplace. There were topographical maps on the walls, and the room was full of stuff, musical instruments and telescopes and gloves, geodes and crystals and old Italian tarot decks, two small cats. When I left, he presented me with a sketchbook and told me to draw the same thing every day until the drawing started to speak to me.

The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler

God alone sees us as we are

Word of the day (and thought for the day):

DISCRETION

NOUN
1.  tact: the good judgment and sensitivity needed to avoid embarrassing or upsetting others
2.  freedom to decide: the freedom or authority to judge something or make a decision about it
“Tipping is left to the customer’s discretion.”
3.  confidentiality: the ability to keep sensitive information secret
[ 14th century. Via French < Latin discretion- “separation, discernment” < discret-, past participle of discernere (see discern) ]
Flannery O’Connor’s rather relentless scorn for “nice Christian people” who sincerely believe they’re the good folks, better than average, and pleasing to Jesus, makes her stories, like Hawthorne’s, classics of our literature. I treasure them, certainly, for their many literary virtues and their rich, dark, humor, but more importantly, for their sharp, honest theological insight: there is none righteous, no, not one–and don’t you forget it! O’Connor’s great gift to readers lies in the way she tricks us into identifying with the worst of these self-righteous characters, blinded by the beams in their own beady little eyes, ever ready to sit in judgment on their neighbors.
. . . Because we are commanded not to pass judgment on one another, it may be that discretion–regard for privacy, protection of the closed spaces of heart and workplace that allow people to “work out their own salvation in fear and trembling”–needs a high place in the ground rules of community life.
. . . discretion requires us first to pray, so that we might learn when to share and not share, and when to sacrifice the love of story for the protection and healing that comes only in silence.

the unexpected

The marvels of daily life are so exciting: no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.

–          Robert Doisneu

what it is . . . and what it is not . . .

 . . . The second thing to get clear is that Christianity has not, and does not profess to have, a detailed political programme for applying “Do as you would be done by” to a particular society at a particular moment. It could not have. It is meant for all men at all times and the particular programme which suited one place or time would not suit another. And, anyhow, that is not how Christianity works. When it tells you to feed the hungry it does not give you lessons in cookery. When it tells you to read the Scriptures it does not give you lessons in Hebrew and Greek, or even in English grammar. It was never intended to replace or supersede the ordinary human arts and sciences: it is rather a director which will set them all to the right jobs, and a source of energy which will give them all new life, if only they will put themselves at its disposal.

–          C. S. Lewis, Social Morality from Mere Christianity

I saved $$$

by borrowing

books

from

the

Seguin-Guadalupe County Library

Together Hubby and I have saved $5,724 in 2012!

And YOU can save money, too.

Visit your local library and feast on books.

An aside: a couple of years ago I went through my books and donated more than 36 bags of books to my local library.  Recently I was looking for Francis Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live – spent two days searching every shelf – then realized: “Oh!  I donated that to the Seguin library.”

No problem.  Request the book and check it out. What a deal!

you could not have guessed

Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd.  It is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect. . . .

Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, it would feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.

– C. S. Lewis, The Invasion in Mere Christianity

waiting

in the car

with a cup of hot coffee

doughnuts and

Joshua Ferris’s novel

Then We Came to the End

totally

lost in the book

clutter clutter clutter

Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire. – Wendell Berry

across the threshold

Across the threshold lies a landscape that I can hardly perceive or imagine.
~ Jan Richardson

What if . . .

the Hokey-Pokey really is what it is all about?

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