I’ve been keeping journals since I was in second grade – back when my handwriting was barely legible. For me, a great day consists of a cup of coffee, a good pen, and blank pages. Thus, it’s only natural that over time I felt the desire to create some beautiful journals to share with others who also enjoy the joy and therapeutic properties of writing. “A Month of Hymns: A Journal for Prayer and Reflection” uses hymn lyrics as prompts for each day. Read the classic lyrics, reflect on your own life and the leading of the spirit, and write. There’s room to draw as well on the 8X10 pages. Order today at:
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Twenty years ago today I was ordained. So, I was inspired to take a couple minutes and write a thing:
It still fits
This robe, this stole
Twenty years today
Since the day I said, “I will, and I ask the Lord to help and guide me.”
Of looking for the right scripture
Of sleepless Saturday nights
And Sunday afternoon naps
Of preparing the Table
Smoothing the fine linen
Updating the church records
Standing by the graveside with the wind whipping my hair
Wondering if the pages of my sermon will fly away
Of little hands giving me pictures they colored during worship
Of seeing the dairy farmer dozing during my sermon
Of making sure the lights are all turned off before I lock up the church door.
Of strange tasks that were never on the letter of call
But Here I am, Send me
To pick up the sticks in the cemetery after the windstorm
To find someone to remove the dead deer from the church ditch
To decide if twenty below zero is too cold to have worship or not
How do you measure so much joy (and not a small amount of pain)?
How do you measure a life like this?
What is there to say
Except, I’m thankful.
I’m thankful it still fits.