This is going to be my new home after I leave the homeless shelter:-) Hey, one can always dream! Actually my real “castle in the air” is to do my doctorate in 16th century English Reformation studies or 18th century Methodist Studies: anything that requires me to do studies abroad in Great Britain would thrill me:-) It sounds improbable, and to some unrealistic, but I have a knack for doing what some consider to be impossible for me. When I was 8 years old, my parents were told by a school psychologist that I wouldn’t even get past high school (unless it was in the lowest quarter of my class), and forget about college. My parents (especially my father) refused to accept that negative vision for me. They didn’t tell me what I wasn’t supposed to be able to do until I had already done it: then they rejoiced with me that I had accomplished it… reading at 99 percentile for the country in the 7th grade standardized tests, graduating in the UPPER quarter of my class (instead of the lower quarter), my BA, my MLS. Dad died before I completed my second Masters, but Mom got quite a bit of satisfaction in telling people that I had two Masters (although she had fought me tooth and nail to get me to give up on that second masters – but that’s a story for another time[!!!])… !:-)!. Right now, I’m in a lull of peace and quiet and contentment. This will only last a couple of days or two, but it’s a blessing while it does occur. I need these soothing, restful minutes before the next storm breaks overhead…. and I thank God for them..!!
In the past couple of days I have been memorizing a hymn written by Paul Gerhardt during the 30 years war (mid-1600s) which was translated by John Wesley in the 1700s. The name is Give the winds your fears: the tune is Festal Song (same as Soldiers of Christ, Arise).
“Give to the winds thy fears; hope and be undismayed; God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God shall lift up thy head.
Through waves and clouds and storms, He gently clears thy way; wait thou His time; so shall this night soon end in joyous day.
Leave to His sovereign sway to choose and to command; so shall thou, wondering, won His way, how wise, how strong His hand.
Let us in life, in death, Thy steadfast truth declare, and publish with our latest breath Thy love and guardian care”.
God’s blessings for each of you, and Happy Belated Easter/Resurrection Day!