The sun is setting earlier now;
summer is gone.
Thanksgiving was so warm and sunshine-filled
that I think I am a bit in shock at how
sudden the change in weather has been.
I still have to have one more work
Overall though everything seems fine.
I am still waiting for the clothes that
I tried on the pants I tore and had
re-sown and re-hemmed and realized
that I could still wear them to work....
So that was nice.
I have been at my new job two months
this week and so far so good.
After looking for a job for so long, this is
a real blessing.
I read a little more of my book on
Elder Moses today.
Loved these lines about when the heart has
"...It resolutely cleaves unto the Saviour with sweetness
of heart and surrenders itself entirely
to Him with undoubting trust and with love."
Abbot Moses is a very special Saint to me for many reasons:
he was the builder of the original Optina Monastery,
He was gentle and unassuming,
keeping his spiritual intensity and labours hidden,
and he was a very strong and loving older brother to
I treasure the moments in my day when I can pick up
one of my books and read;
even a few sentences or a page or so of a book on Optina
is enough to encourage the reader.
This life is hard and we need the Lord and His Saints
to give us fresh courage.