Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunday Favorites

Sunday Favorites

     Chari at Happy to Design gives us all the chance to re-visit previous posts that are buried deeply in our archives. The fact that it is on a Sunday makes it extra special. Thank you Chari.

     At the flea market Saturday morning, the following things caught my eye:

a round chafing dish- I walked away-no intervention necessary (see previous post),

an enormous book on gardening, and a wicker chair.

I walked away from them all, but I couldn't resist

My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett, first published in 1912. I paid 50 cents.

     I was fascinated by the title, particularly the word circling, but truth be told I was first attracted to its color.

It is raspberry pink.

Sometimes God sends up flares, even from as far back as 1912.

A portion of the forward reads:

"The title of this book sufficiently interprets its purpose. I hope it may lead to such practical meditation upon the Word of God as will supply vision to common tasks, and daily nourishment to the conscience and will. And I trust that it may so engage the thought upon the wonders of meditation, as will fortify the soul ..."

     I am relieved at this idea of circling- as in circling back. It makes me think of the importance of this luxury and blessing in real life.

As in-

I can go back, without stopping.

The year continues as does God's grace.

     For some crazy reason ,the word makes me think of the wagon train journeys of pioneer days. I can hear someone in authority on horseback saying, "Let's circle back."

     Jumping ahead in history I can see in my mind's eye a brave soldier saying to another, "Hold on, wait here, I'll circle back for help."

     These imaginings give 'circling' a powerful historical context.

     Sometimes I think I have to try so hard at things- including the Biblical and the spiritual- when in actuality, I can simply enjoy and learn from the history of it all and the amazing joy this amnesty and freedom provides.

     After all, I get to circle back whenever I need to.

This Godly circling is everywhere.


Debbie's Garden said...

Ahhh, wagon trains also formed a circle for protection when being attacked.

A beginning and no end.. going on forever, as in wedding band.

The circle of Life.

Elizabethd said...

Mmmm, I seem to remember the wagons 'circling the homestead to protect it.
Lovely analogy.

Chloe m said...

I can't help but think of more circling, done by hawks and eagles wheeling around in the sky. Looking for prey.
I am such a square gal.

Kelly said...

What a great flea market find and what a great post. Thanks for making me think.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Thanks for the meditative thoughts. We all need to comtemplate about "circling". Great examples. Hugs, Marty

Cindy said...

Great post. I like the picture of circling.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Wonderful reflections - thanks for sharing.

Marguerite said...

It is amazing the things that you can find at flea markets. Nice finds and thoughtful post.

blushing rose said...

Debbie's Garden says it all too perfectly ... I add only AMEN! TTFN ~Marydon

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laura, thanks for sharing such wonderful thoughts. They are a treasure and a comfort. Linda


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