Loved – September
It often happens here that in August the weather breaks and can be wet’n windy and unpredictable, but it seems once the children go back to school, at the beginning of September the wind drops and the sun comes out again. I love September, there is a tranquil feeling, almost a pause, the busyness of summer, with lots of tourists around is over, and the winter storms are yet to arrive. The days are shorter but there is still light in the evenings, the temperature is cooler but not cold, inviting you to do all those ‘must do before winter comes’ outdoor chores and plans.
I have been on the beach again with my horse because it was deserted. I have walked again with friends in the popular tourist places, because there is now no-one else around. I have planted some daffodil bulbs before the ground gets too hard, trimmed some of the shrubs back, and cut the grass, hopefully, for the last time this year! The last hardy summer flowers are still bravely blooming, like us, making the most of the sunshine while it lasts!
Read – Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
The big read for the last month or two has been this biography. It covers so much ground, making it a comprehensive and compelling read – I have made so many notes of great quotes which I am sure I will be using in the future! It gives insight into the background of the political climate in Germany in the early twentieth century. Also detail of the religious and spiritual climate, attempting to explain the stance that the church took in the 1930’s, how it became complicit in the actions of the Nazi party against the Jewish people. And of course the story of one man’s voice, who followed his conscience and took a stand, paying the ultimate price – a truly inspiring read.
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Treasured – Community
This is definitely one thing I have learnt this year, that being part of a community is important to me. How we negotiate the changes and restrictions and find new ways of connecting is a challenge – and probably different for all of us. I miss, in person fellowship, sharing and reading from God’s word together but we do have ‘online church’ and I have also found new resources, I am listening to podcasts, with lots of great teaching. I miss, corporate worship, singing together, but I have listened to, and sang along with, lots of new songs on youtube. I have joined online writing groups and found help, advice, support, encouragement and opportunities – I have found more community online than I had thought possible. So while trying to keep and develop different ways with the ‘in person’ connections, I am also embracing the newly discovered digital world!
Ahead – A Desk!
Well this is so difficult, because neither of the things I posted about in August have happened! This year is proving to be more and more one of change and I am slowly realising, like many others, that the changes are lasting longer and working deeper than we first thought. There are so many things that are out of my control but thank God I have the peace and assurance that come from knowing that I can place my trust in Him.
I am looking ahead to developing and doing more writing online and I have made a commitment to that by ordering a desk and a new ‘office’ chair to go with it. This means I will have to de-clutter an area in the house to create a workspace for myself – this is a new season which I am enjoying, it brings many challenges but it is also a delight!
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