[photo by Johnny]
That photo is from a few days ago. Harley looks like that right now, too, except he is across the room on the brown couch. Milo is in our bathroom, napping on a hand towel (our cats like the texture of towels). Johnny is drum-shopping with a musician friend. And I - I'm reveling in true peace and quiet, sitting in that khaki chair. The day is too gray for my liking. I feel exactly like Harley, but even so, thankfully, I feel that peace. It is a marvel to me that just this morning, no peace. But after breakfast, prayer, and two (more) mugs of organic chai ~ peace.
Tomorrow is a busy day:
-TMJ follow-up appt., bright and early. Yay.
-Back to Barnes & Noble to reward my bravery. I'm hoping to find the Feb. 2008 issue of Poetry, thanks to Shari's blog (#514) today. I really love Louise Glück and Jorie Graham.
-Ash Wednesday service.
-Over the Rhine concert @ 7:00 pm.
For some reason, Johnny and I thought our Church's Ash Wed. service was scheduled for noon. Come to find out, no - it's at 7:00 pm right before Over the Rhine takes the stage. OTR is not more important than Church, but since they rarely come to Houston and we already purchased tickets, we will find another good Ash Wednesday service during the afternoon.
Tomorrow - the day of ashes - begins the season of Lent. A time of repentance, discipline, and waiting, eagerly anticipating one of my favorite holy-days: Easter. I'm reducing my internet time during Lent. This will mean fewer blog entries, but I'm sure y'all will survive. For me, it will be a challenge at first, but I am looking forward to the change. During Lent each year, I've learned a bit more about "the simplicity that is in Christ." I love simplicity, especially of this kind. Change and waiting are not natural leanings for me, yet look what I read this morning:
"This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
'Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.'"
"Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him."
So see? The waiting is well worth my time.
Oh. Bread and Wine (the book I mentioned yesterday) is OK, but if y'all recommend a great Lent/Easter book, please do tell. Thank you.