Many of you will be familiar with my annual visit to the Brethren in the Monastery. I have been associated with them for many years now…….🤓 I have always tried to make at least one visit a year to the Community. Over the past several years I have gone to share in their lifestyle….entering into the rhythm that prevails in the Community.
Will be joining them on Saturday, next, for the whole of the following week. I’m unlikely to be spending much time here on the blog.
Will be holding you all….family, friends et al in my prayerful thoughts.
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We ask not why a young life should endure
Such ravishing affliction, as this maid,
Nor doubt this malady lies in your cure,
Although misgivings render us afraid;
Like budding rose awaits its summer bloom,
Her teenage aspirations know no bounds,
Yet, now her future seems to presage gloom,
And suffering the highest hopes confounds;
In humble supplication we implore,
In deference to your most Beloved Son,
As much as we His legacy adore,
May, in the end, your Gracious Will be done –
Pray, grant release from hope-devouring pain,
That she her young life’s vigour might regain!
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As Janus bids farewell for ‘nother year,
Fair Februa, with cleansing undertone,
For some infer new life will soon appear,
For others, though, warm Summer soon is done;
While northern farmers ready soil for seed,
Their southern counterparts prepare to reap;
No need for either to succumb to greed,
For Nature services our every keep.
What shame that bounty be not fairly spread,
As everyone must bear the colder climes;
None can survive without the daily bread,
And none escapes reward when Death’s knell chimes;
Thus be the cycle of this mortal life,
Though some be deemed to burden undue strife!
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Anticipation warmed within our hearts
As we imagined seeing kith and kin,
Aware that untowards can play their parts,
Attend, all joy with hope to underpin;
Add to all plans the spice of simple trust,
A leaven that eternally endures;
Assistance, all Divine, regards the just
And wholesome blessed endings e’er ensures;
Without ill intervention jaunt ensued,
Enriched by fulsome pleasure all the way;
To everyone, encountered, joy accrued,
Creating lasting memories each day.
Laudate Deum for felicity,
That freely flowed, through gen’rous hearts, to me.
© Meanderings ’17
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Yes, back in action….
Been a long sabbatical….Two months since my last appearance here….much of which we spent in SUNNY and VERY HOT South Africa.
We were thoroughly spoilt by family and friends all of whom were fabulous.
Sadly, we were not able to see everyone – especially disappointed not to have got round to seeing some family members and friends.
We are most grateful to one and ALL whom we had the joy and privilege to see and with whom we could spend some cherished time. THANK YOU!!
Needless to say we were able to see much of the Flora and Fauna….and matchless Beauty of Beloved Mother Africa….so evident in the boundless hospitality.
We came away with indelible memories and enduring joy of a fabulous experience….
Enough said for now….Still trying to come to terms with having had to bid Farewell to a wonderful country….
God Bless Africa….
God Bless You All.