Now we can begin again.
As for books, two Christmas ones are coming. (Gotta love Amazon 1-click) One title is a new, well, new-ish, biography of John Newton. The other, also a newer biography of Beatrix Potter.
Concerning the garden, this begins that blessed season known for its showering forth of beautifully illustrated seed catalogs. O the Bliss! Suddenly the garden, rather than looking like pitiful rags and stumps has a bit of glowing hope hovering over.
This new year also begins new family joys: another grand daughter is blinding eyes with a sparkling new engagement ring, while she beams from the arms of a most handsome and fine young prince. There is a November wedding being planned for these darlings.
And for me there are new awesome responsibilities. Serious ones. Today began the challenge of an adult class to lead. In all the years of teaching, I've never worked so long and hard putting all together. Always with teaching, I've learned new and wondrous things for myself to apply to my own pilgrim walk, profound and exciting findings from scripture itself and from godly pens of the past. Lord granting, these can be passed on in such a way as to excite others and help them in their own journey.
With all this, there is the great need for greater grace. Today I came across a prayer of Thomas Aquinas in my commonplace book. It seems the perfect way to end this post and begin this year with all it will hold of known and unknown, of expected or surprise from the Father's Hand.
"Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart,
which no unworthy affection may drag downwards.
Give me an unconquered heart,
which no tribulation can wear out.
Give me an upright heart,
which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.
She can only add "amen".