New day, Old books & Strong coffee

New day, Old books & Strong coffee

These past few weeks have been filled with changes, growth, and adventure for our family and many of our friends.   Graduations, birthdays and other anniversaries all fell in May.  Goal trips off the bucket lists have carried over into the first part of June, and suddenly I find myself on my front steps realizing we’re basically halfway through 2017!   Wow!    That was fast!

So, on this mid year morning, this new day, I found myself thinking on what may lie ahead, and even though I know tomorrow is never promised here on Earth, I have challenges and fears to conquer.  I have hopes and dreams that need some acknowledgement and attention if they ever stand a chance of coming to fruition.

It’s day one.   I have strong coffee, morning light, and old words.  Today’s reminder from my grandfather’s book of ancient prayers, very much paraphrased:  “Lord, I stand before you calling for grace and mercy, refresh my spirit and kindle my coldness with the fire of your love, enlighten my blindness with the brightness of your presence”. (Thomas A Kempis)

One of the things I love about that old book is how the prayers and reflections seem to speak to whatever’s happening for me.  I don’t think I could have found a better guide for beginning this new day and these new chapters.

Peace to you all!  Stay safe out there everyone!

 

Kel.

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Hello New Year, Let’s Have Lunch….

Hello New Year, Let’s Have Lunch….

We Made It!   2017 has arrived! What should we do first?  Accept new challenges?  Learn new skills and talents?  Resolve to make great and lasting changes and generally shake up the status quo?    Perhaps, soon, but not today.

For me, the first day of January is set aside for tradition.  For the better part of 25 years that tradition has included attending Mass at the nearest Catholic church.  That’s the new part.  The old part, the really, really old part, is having lunch at home on New Year’s Day.  It’s one of my favorite meals of the entire year with a set menu of black-eyed peas, collard greens, roasted pork of some sort, corn bread with butter, and sweet tea, every year.  Every single year for as long as I can recall, this meal has been prepared by my grandmother, aunts, mother with intentions and prayers for all who join in the meal to enjoy health, love, happiness and prosperity in the coming year.   Another tradition for me is that this simple, hearty meal to begin the new year is ALWAYS served on fine china, and the sweet iced tea in tall crystal.

This year I noticed my 17-year-old son take a snapshot of the table and his plate to send to his girlfriend.  Sure, it could be just an idle text on what’s going on at that moment, but it could also be an intentional sharing of his traditions as well.  My heart hopes that’s the case.

….for this one meal, on this one day, the love spans centuries….

It’s just lunch with the family.  It doesn’t change the responsibilities awaiting when school and businesses reopen; obligations and opportunities await in the coming days; but for the first lunch of the new year we will celebrate in a more special way one of countless beautiful, familiar moments that happen in and amongst our daily lives; for this one meal, on this one day, the love spans centuries.

Perhaps later this week I’ll consider resolutions, but for now I simply want to wish you all a safe and happy new year!  May it be filled with great friendships, deep love, and wonderful adventures and timeless traditions.  Welcome to 2017, my friends.