Slowly, slowly through the book Home. I can barely read a few pages after crawling into bed at night before my eyes are too heavy. Maybe I’ve been having a little trouble getting into it but I’m not far enough in yet and I bet that’s why. I’ve begun the practice of beginning my morning quiet time with the lighting of a candle as I read and pray. It has become a tangible reminder to me that I’m meeting with God of very God and it has been so sweet.
I finally cast on a Hansel hap (half version) with a shawl kit I purchased from Ginny over a year ago. I’ve been sort of saving the yarn and also trying to work through projects I needed to finish first. Now is the time to knit it! I am enjoying the yarn so very much already, rambouillet is one of my very favorite fibers to work with. It is so bouncy and soft! I am following another knitter’s notes for making the shawl a bit bigger and I’ve calculated and I should have *just* enough yarn to do so, but it will be cutting it really close.
Oh friends, these simple joys (knitting, reading) seem so small and insignificant in the face of so much pain, suffering, uncertainty, and need in the world at large and in our own homes today. Yet I hold firmly to the reality that the places where we can find and make beauty are places where light breaks in the dark, where we remember that all is well, all shall be well. We create in the image of our Creator God who also loves to make, who continues to make all things new. We read good stories and the ultimate Story to find our place in the world, to remember both our humanity and the fact that Jesus Christ came in human form, and continues to choose to work in cooperation with and through human kind. These simple good things can ground us, inspire us, encourage us, and bring a little joy along the way. I hope you make time for some creativity and for reading good, nourishing books. Share with me what you’re up to, if you want!