On the feast of Saint Valentine I would like to give you all a gift and introduce you to Julian of Norwich. I reached out to a dear friend and Bible study leader and told her that I was feeling a need to be fed, loved and affirmed by God. She suggested anything written by Julian of Norwich who was a saint living in the 1300s. She was a monastic. She had visions and she writes about our Lord as an intimate friend, father, mother who is knit to us closer than our own spirits. I've been learning how to knit so this visual is beyond beautiful and with every knit and pearl I keep repeating Psalm 139, You were knit together in your mother's womb.
I can't tell you how much this book has changed my core. It give me chills just thinking about it. I purchased it on my Kindle and may need to buy the hard copy to touch the pages. I have so many bookmarks that I can't choose one to share with you. But if you are feeling a bit blue in the deep, cold, darkness of the winter and need a lift from the true source of joy, I highly recommend this book.
Each day is marked by a reflection in "My Day Begins", then "All Through the Day" you repeat a mantra of sorts inspired by Julian's words such as "Nothing less than God can satisfy us". Then when you get home from work, or as the day is ending "May Day Is Ending" has another reflection on what happened in your day. Did you imagine God's concern for you? And asks you questions that deal with the earlier reflection of the day. You can journal or just talk it out with yourself or a friend. Finally, the "Night Prayer" closes your day before bed. It is remarkable and I've truly felt affirmed in God's love. I hope you will too. Happy Valentine's Day!