Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Psalter, Wall Words and Small Boys

The small lad in question is the eldest of the great-grands.  He is the fearless leader, the little sister's champion, the one who harasses the next closest cousin.  He is bright, always questioning, gathering information. Now he is learning to read.

On my walls words are stenciled.  Small Lad grew excited the first time he recognized this design as words, words to read.  Up he hopped on the back of the sofa (not an action approved by his mother, by the way) so he could get close enough to read the archway.  It occurred to the Grand-Nan that these were important words and to assist in his reading.  "Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations...."  That is why this photo, while lacking in resolution, is so important.  He is listening as the words are read aloud, those dear words that have come down the generations.

Today's Psalter reading begins with Psalm 102.

"..My days are gone like a shadow:
and I am withered like grass.
But Thou,  Lord, shall endure for ever;
and Thy remembrance throughout all generations...

that they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion..

The children of thy servants shall continue
and their seed shall stand fast in thy sight."

That is the reason for wall words, for repeating them to Small Lad.
My time 'as the grass' is definitely in the withering stage.  

But my prayer for all our dear Grands and Greats is that they will grow, 
stand fast and shine forth in their generations.

And that they will always love words..particularly the Eternal words of Truth.


  1. Oh my, Beloved Dame Judi. Powerful, deep-reaching, piercing, praise worthing words. And a most precious moment caught digitally.

    I spent time with elder "sister" today who in addition to much pain in her life has not been blessed with any children. She is always a reminder of what privilege is mine to even have generations on whom to impress the Eternal Words of Truth. This you have taught me full well. May I continue to rise to the standard you hold forth. Thank you.

  2. How blessed we are as a all generations!

  3. And what a rich legacy of blessing and faith he has to pass to the next generation.

  4. Love this, and love that he has such wonderful family to learn such things from :)