Well, this has been a Monday.
Various things this morning seemed to be going wrong,
I felt quite discouraged.
My sister-friend texted me very consoling but also bracing words:
"...on St. Anthony's feast day (they were at a small church) and the homily
was about St. Anthony. The priest quoted him as saying,
"perseverance in times of difficulty/adversity chases
the demons away."
It helped me: I rallied and was able to do various things,
cleaning, phone errands, finished reading a riveting YA book
by Richard Peck, and researched a few recipies...
and got a lovely gift of three
Madeleine L' Engle books from a dear blog friend,
thank you Sara!
They could not of come on a better day...
and so I had tea and a bit of chocolate...
and began re-reading L' Engle's Walking on Water,
which I first read and read again and again at age 19...
I need to start on the other 2 she sent me, as those are new to me books...
but today, well, I was craving the familiar...
I was blessed by various friends praying for me,
when I said over a private social media channel that I was feeling
discouraged but a walk would help...
I know the prayers are what helped turn things around,
and my dear friend's words,
all with the Lord's mercy...
And so I took my walk,
late this afternoon and am going to try to make it a habit...
one of the things that has been difficult for me is that,
esp. with the last year's discouragement about where I live +
getting so sick in Lent, is that
I have not been getting out enough and have lost
some of the strenght that I normally have from frequent walks...
so Holland, where walking was plentiful,
was more tiring than it may have been if
I were in better physical condition...
I know I have to start slow on trying to get back on my feet,
as it were and I am hoping to just get into a better habit of
getting out, even if it is only a little each day....
and going from there.
Well, Mr. Husband is on his way home now,
I will make a simple meal for us
and hot tea and just be glad to see him...
and thank God for the mercies of this day!
Mr. Husband and I are trying to do some small
extra prayers for everything, since the world (and country) we
live in seems in so much trouble...
we are starting with a bit from this Akathist to the Protection of the Mother of God,
which is also quite bracing and encouraging!
I also refound a note about this song,
which reminds me of my PEI/Halifax classically Anglican Friends
and I enjoyed another listen...