Multi-tasker I am, the first hour in our house usually looks something like this: Sesame Street or Curious George is on the television, of which Cancan is utterly thralled. Baby Brother sits twelve inches to my left, bouncing in the bouncer, while I nestle into the couch, coffee in one hand, book in the other.
Because people, I’m telling you, it’s amazing how easily one can tune out the nasal-throated voice of Elmo if you just try hard enough.
In this time, I crave something that combines a bit of thought-provoking intelligence for mind and soul …but not something that points me toward thinking a certain thought or believing a certain belief or answering a specific question. I simply want the Writing to capture me, to leave chewable musings in the back of my mind for the rest of my day.
If you’ve been following the blog over the past couple of months, you may have been drawn to the four-week series on Advent in the month of December. [Need a refresher? Week 1. Week 2. Week 3. Week 4.] Those writings were inspired by my friend Sarah Arthur’s book, Light Upon Light. Well friends, I am delighted to give away a copy of another one of Sarah’s books, At the Still Point.
It’s “a literary guide to prayer in ordinary time,” so you’ll find yourself reading an opening prayer like this…
By Teresa of Avila (Spanish, 1515 – 1582):
How good Thou art, O God! All is done for us by Thee, who dost but ask us to give our wills to Thee that we may be pliable as wax in Thy hands.
With readings that look like this…
From “Hide and Seek” by Enuma Okoro (Nigerian-American, contemporary):
To learn your name
seems a task I turn to play
of arms outstretched about me.
Trying to catch revelations
in a childish game of toss-up…
From Les Miserables by Victor Hugo:
Jean Valjean, who had no recollection of every having promised anything, remained speechless. The Bishop had emphasized the words when he uttered them. He resumed with solemnity:-
“Jean Valjean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I buy from you; I withdraw it from black thoughts and the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God.”
There’s also the opportunity to look up scripture (on your iPhone, if you’re like me), and to read a closing prayer. If this book looks like something you might enjoy, simply leave a comment below. I’ll pick a winner on Monday, February 9th.
Otherwise, what does the first hour of the day look like for you? Sesame Street or Curious George: who’s your pick? Otherwise, leave a comment below to win Sarah’s book, or pick up a copy for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
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