November 2, 2013
Welcome to Colleen’s Saturday meme. How about joining her at Thoughts on Grace?
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve participated due to some unexpected and very unusual situations with friends, but here I am again, back in the saddle.
The Lord is always with us and I surely felt it when we took my two Latin students to a friend’s farm a week ago to pick persimmons. It was a great adventure for the girls who had never seen a persimmon tree nor persimmons. Many ripe ones had fallen to the ground and were easy to collect. Tarps laid out beneath the trees caught more that we shook down. Still, there were many unripe ones above that we had to leave behind. If we get a few dry sunny days next week, we’ll return to harvest more.
The girls helped with the really hard work of grinding out the pulp, which is very sweet and delicious. We made French Vanilla pudding and swirled some of the raw pulp into it. Yesterday we ground pulp from the ones that we brought back last week that were finally ripe enough to work with. Then we made two loaves of persimmon bread, one for their family and one for Roger and me. This celebration of the bounty of the Lord, the fun with the girls – they are so bright, cheerful and interesting, and the joy of sharing a harvest is a foretaste of heaven. I think this is how God means for us to be here on earth so we will be ready for heaven.
This company is one of my favorite Catholic book publishers. In the time I’ve been absent from today’s meme, my husband and I ordered a few books from their catalog. A Year with the Church Fathers and A Year with the Bible each contain daily short meditations. I took the Church Fathers and my husband took the other. We are both enjoying quiet time – Sabbath Moments – in the company of God’s Word and the early Fathers who faithfully passed down what they received from the Apostles. You might think that writings up to the fifth century would be old fashioned or irrelevant, but they are not because truth never changes.
Another great book we got from TAN is This Tremendous Lover, a classic from 1946 which is the story of how God pursues the soul. I remember hearing of it when I was growing up and am now pleased to have it as yet another source of spiritual guidance.
Pandora is an on line radio service allows me to stream my favorite kinds of music to listen to while I am reading or doing other things. My favorite genre is sacred choral music from Hildegard von Bingen to the 19th century, but especially J.S.Bach. You can tell these great composers were close to God, and I always feel lifted up by their music. My stations are self-created and there are no commercials so the world needn’t intrude. We have many ways to find moments of peace that our ancestors didn’t have. I like using technology in pursuit of God and spending Sabbath Moments on clouds of lovely sounds.
What were some of the times God showed Himself to you this past week, and invited you to rest in Him?
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