Working Life Into Grace

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How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world~ Hamlet
 
Take a plane to London.
From King’s Cross take the direct train to York.
Rent a car and drive across the vale to Ripon,
then into the dales toward the valley of the Nidd,
a narrow road with high stone walls on each side,
and soon you’ll be on the moors.  There’s a pub,
The Drovers, where it’s warm inside, a tiny room,
You can stand at the counter and drink a pint of Old Peculiar.
For a moment everything will be all right.  You’re back
at a beginning.  Soon you’ll walk into Yorkshire Country,
into dells, farms, into blackberry and cloud country.
You’ll walk for hours.  You’ll walk the freshness
back into your life.  This is true.  You can do this.
Even now, sitting at your desk, worrying, troubled,
you can gaze across Middlesmoor to Ramsgill,
the copses, the abbeys of slanting light, the fells,
you can look down on that figure walking toward Scar House,
cheeks flushed, curfews rising in front of him, walking,
making his way, working his life, step by step, into grace.
~Joseph Stroud “Directions”
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Summer Silence

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“Summer makes a silence after spring.”
– Vita Sackville-West

As we bid farewell to England, Scotland and Ireland today, leaving mild temperatures in the 50’s to go to atypical temperatures in the 90’s at home,  summer will be hitting us with a surreptitious sledge hammer when we disembark in Seattle.   Hay will be ready to pick up in the fields and we will return to work within hours of getting off the plane.  But even with the responsibilities we reassume, we will know the joy of a house filled with our (now adult) children and friends from all over the world.

Life is rich with memories tightly woven into the tapestry of our everyday routine.   I will look back on this special time with Dan with fond remembrance for new friends discovered, amazing places experienced,  all the while blessed by returning home together to everyone we hold so dear.   Summer may be silent after spring but it is brimming with blessings.

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