Tuesday, 4 October 2011


on a wing and a prayer

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how to build a life together? i think this is what we stumble over most now. perhaps always? how to submit your own personal will and thoughts and plans to another? we are learning. falteringly. it is breaking us, and we are being made new.

i have made a habit of setting intentions at the beginning of every month. it's been helpful in adding purpose to how i walk through those days. my intentions have been simultaneously mundane and sublime - walking across waterloo bridge everyday was helpful in ensuring i at least got a little bit of extra exercise during a very busy month at work, and enormous changes in our lives as we settled into a new home and a new routine. memorising proverbs 31 has been an on-going intention, and it has helped me to focus on the godly characteristics of a good wife.

this month we discussed our intentions for october while wandering around richmond park at dawn. we are bending our wills, praying that our intentions will make us into better partners for the other. praying to be made new.

::intentions for october::

  • rise daily at 6am 
  • daily exercise
  • daily prayer for le boy using this.
  • read daily
  • 31 days of blogging!

this poem reminds me of my homeland. october, as ontario is turning a myriad of colours, the scent of burning leaves wafting through the air, farmers bringing in the last of the harvest.

By David Baker b. 1954
All afternoon his tractor pulls a flat wagon
with bales to the barn, then back to the waiting
chopped field. It trails a feather of smoke.
Down the block we bend with the season:
shoes to polish for a big game,
storm windows to batten or patch.
And how like a field is the whole sky now
that the maples have shed their leaves, too.
It makes us believers—stationed in groups,
leaning on rakes, looking into space. We rub blisters
over billows of leaf smoke. Or stand alone,
bagging gold for the cold days to come.

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