The words above are attributed to St. Benedict. How we need them. I am embracing these words these days. This year hasn't been gentle or kind... but these words remind me that we can begin again.
In January I became quite ill; later I required surgery in April--as did my dear husband. The journey was difficult and frightening. I retired from active ministry in February--but these first few months of retirement weren't anything like I planned! As if I could plan! We have weathered many mishaps since that time--too numerous to write about, but let's say we have a new respect for the Book of Job!
And so, we are beginning again--these eclectic Episcopalians who now live the rhythm of life at Almost Paradise Homestead. I am the vicar of Joy Fellowship on the homestead--where we walk the labyrinth and pray; and have an occasional celebration of the Holy Eucharist. And we're on Facebook. We don't yet know where God is leading us; but we are grateful for goat milk, eggs, a small garden that keep us grounded as we care for our goats, chickens, dogs, cat and each other! Each day is a new chance to begin again. In that light, I am beginning this blog again!