So much change yet so much anticipation…

There is a rich parallel between farming soil and spiritual soil.
It’s no accident that one of the most important virtues of the Christian life is humility,
a word that stems from the Latin word “humus”, meaning “earth”, or literally, “on the ground.”
Humility is a virtue required of men and women alike,
and truly the one virtue all the saints hold in common.

Carrie Gress and Noelle Mering
from Theology of Home II: The Spiritual Art of Homemaking

(early January 2020 / the sun comes up over the ocean / Julie Cook)

I took the above picture almost exactly a year ago to the day.
It was early January 2020…


Let that soak in.

A year, that before it would blessedly come to a close, we would all eventually grow to loath.

Yet on this particular morning in January of 2020, it was just a quiet walk along the beach.
Life was life.
Peace was found in the rhythmic sounds of an undulating surf that simply
was breathing in and out.

We had yet to hear of words such as Wuhan, COVID, Coronavirus, pandemic,
lockdown, masks, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, riots, protests, CHAZ, socialism,
words that would soon come washing over us like a callous Tsunami.

There was however already the nauseating media circus over an impeachment proceeding…
but had we not all basically grown somewhat numb to the media’s OCD obsession over
all things Trump?

And who could have known that a year ago, when life seemed typical and average…we would find
ourselves, a year later, yearning and pleading for things to be just that…
simply typical and average?

I learned a long time ago to be cautious about wishing one’s life away.

On a collective whole, we have all grown to hate the year 2020.

Oh there are some who had joy throughout the year, but we haven’t
heard much about that joy or the positive milestones nor of the blessings.
Rather we have been inundated with the negative, the darkness, the isolation
and the death.

And so the collective thought is for a good riddance to 2020.
Yet in that good riddance, we must be both willing and open
for welcoming in a new and unknown.

So my prayer on this new day of this new and unknown year is appropriately
from the Book of Psalms…sung prayers.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

Psalm 143:8

A Happy NEW year to us all!

“If you would suffer with patience, the adversities and miseries of this life,
be a man of prayer.
If you would obtain courage and strength to conquer the temptations of the enemy,
be a man of prayer.
If you would mortify your own will with all its inclinations and appetites,
be a man of prayer.
If you would know the wiles of Satan and unmask his deceits,
be a man of prayer.
If you would live in joy and walk pleasantly in the ways of penance,
be a man of prayer.
If you would banish from your soul the troublesome flies of vain thoughts and cares,
be a man of prayer.
If you would nourish your soul with the very sap of devotion,
and keep it always full of good thoughts and good desires,
be a man of prayer.
If you would strengthen and keep up your courage in the ways of God, be a man of prayer.
In fine, if you would uproot all vices from your soul and plant all virtues in their place,
be a man of prayer.
It is in prayer that we receive the unction and grace of the Holy Ghost, who teaches all things.”

St. Bonaventure, p. 25-26
An Excerpt From
The Ways of Mental Prayer

17 comments on “So much change yet so much anticipation…

  1. Hal Craig says:

    I am not a part of your “collective whole”. How can you hate a whole 365 days of a life on earth that God has given you? It has been time to reflect and perhaps accept some change in one’s lifestyle. All the best to you, your healthy family, your upcoming move, and a chance to reminisce by sorting through your family treasures.

    Sent from my iPad


    • I agree with you Hal— that’s why I said I learned a long time ago not to wish one’s life away—- that in the mass rush to say good riddance to what the media has dubbed Annus horribilis— we lose that which was good— there were some very good things that happened that were glossed over by the media and others who rather focused on the gloom and doom!
      My gist in looking back to January 2020 was that we had no clue what the year would hold — just as we have no idea regarding 2021.
      In the mass rush to toss out what was, let us be prepared for what might be!
      Let us be hope filled while we walk hand in hand with our blessed Savior!!
      Blessings to you Hal for a hope filled year!!!

  2. […] So much change yet so much anticipation… […]

  3. Lynda Clayton says:

    May 2021 bring you much peace and joy and love! God bless you and your family.

  4. phyllissnipes says:

    Psalm 143:8 was my online scripture yesterday – I love KJV of this verse!! Blessings to you, my friend, for an abundance of blessings in 2021. God speed! Love you!!!

  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like St Bonaventure’s call to “be a man of prayer”.

  6. lorriebowden says:

    On with the new! ☺ Happy 2021…wishing you all good things!

  7. Excellent

    On Friday, January 1, 2021, cookiecrumbstoliveby wrote:

    > Julie (aka Cookie) posted: “There is a rich parallel between farming soil > and spiritual soil. It’s no accident that one of the most important virtues > of the Christian life is humility, a word that stems from the Latin word > “humus”, meaning “earth”, or literally, “on the ground.”” >

  8. bcparkison says:

    .Happy New Year and prayers for God’s blessings .
    When is moving day? Praying it goes well and un eventful. If you will kendly send me your new address I would love to send you a welcome to your new home card.

  9. Tricia says:

    Wonderful post Julie. And yes it is so strange to think as those months before the pandemic hit as representing some sort of normalcy. It was not normal by any means but compared to 2021 it was!

    Happy New Year Julie to you and your family!

  10. SLIMJIM says:

    How much the world changed in 2020

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