August 2019

Dear Friends,

    A Summer Day
The dawn laughs out on orient hills 
And dances with the diamond rills; 
The ambrosial wind but faintly stirs 
The silken, beaded gossamers; 
In the wide valleys, lone and fair, 
Lyrics are piped from limpid air, 
And, far above, the pine trees free 
Voice ancient lore of sky and sea. 
Come, let us fill our hearts straightway 
With hope and courage of the day.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

This might perhaps be rather ‘purple prose,’ – an early twentieth century piece perhaps beyond the pale for some, but nevertheless very evocative. L. M. Montgomery is best known as the author of Ann of Green Gables, together with its sequels, and she remains the most successful Canadian writer. In some ways she had a difficult life and suffered from much depression. Nevertheless she was still able to conjure up beauty and wonder within her writing.

I don’t know if you are travelling or spending time at home, but I do hope that you will have some opportunity to just take time to observe the world around you.  Indeed, as we enter this holiday season, may we all continue to look at the world through eyes of wonder, knowing that the creative love of God lies at the heart of all creation. As Mother Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1416) observed, ‘The greatest honour we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.’ 

Have a great month, wherever you are!

With Love,

Michael