There's so much I could say about Aunt Susan. She was such a lady, a gracious and loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. I think everyone who knew her is a better person for it. When I think of her, however, I almost think of her first as a peacemaker. That doesn't mean she was … Continue reading Blessed are the peacemakers
Aunt Susan departed this life a brief while ago with her family by her side. May her memory be eternal! With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the souls of Thy servant, Where there is neither sickness and sorrow, and no more sighing, but life everlasting.
Well, this was different... Sunny, breezy, and 33. Waiting for carry on bags. I think the last time I was on the tarmac was in 1991 getting on a little prop plane in Tallahassee.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in thy words. My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate upon thy promise. [Ps. 119:147-8] I woke a little after 3:00 and frequently thereafter when Aunt Susan coughed. A little after 4:00 she actually opened her eyes and … Continue reading Morning Watch
Tonight I'm staying with my aunt. She's asleep so I'm taking the opportunity to post some photos. Earlier today I drove around through some significant hills to find Poinsett Bridge. It was built in 1820 and is possibly the oldest bridge in the southeast. Better yet, it has a Gothic arch. I nearly froze taking … Continue reading Cold wanderings
I left the hospice early this afternoon to drive back to the hotel. Being a free agent I was able to make the spontaneous decision to turn off the main road when I saw a sign saying "Campbell's Covered Bridge." I'm so glad I made a detour. The weather was cold and sunny and there … Continue reading Detour
Sometimes you enter into God's time for a space, when normalcy slips aside and you are present from moment to moment, without future expectation or plans. I am in the lovely lobby of the inpatient hospice where my aunt is a patient. I spent all day yesterday on planes, in a rented car, checking into … Continue reading God’s time
Merry Christmas from the Crawford Family! * * * * *
Kontakion of Christmas Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with a star! Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!
Here we are, on the last day before Christmas. * * * * We have prepared and do not lack much to be completely ready. I do have to get the lentil soup going in the crock pot for dinner tonight after Vigil. I also still have presents to wrap. The front went through faster … Continue reading Christmas Eve