Greetings, and welcome to the Festival, which today originates from a rain-washed and COOL (60 degrees Fahrenheit) place. Oh, thank you, God!
Going outside today and getting chill-bumps!! made me especially appreciate the writing of Melissa at YuteGal. She, too, is grateful for the blessed coming of rain and reminds us that it's times of drought (literally and spiritually) that make us realize the fullest extent of its benison. And she also shares an experience of humility and grace in the dirt.
Here's a hat tip to a lovely and thoughtful post from one of our newest members, Star Light, Star Bright, writing about suffering and redemption.
It's a real delight to share with you Carmen's post about some of her favorite books, Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber.
Carmen says, "In the Amber books, there are two true worlds (Amber and the Courts of Chaos) between which exist Shadow worlds (including Earth), like “shadows” or altered versions of the two true worlds....Lately, I’ve found Zelazny’s Amber-verse a helpful image in articulating my experience in following Jesus: It’s as if I’ve been un-deceived and I’m walking towards a real or true view of reality, a seeing of how things really are—the way God sees them, which is the truest way as he created it all to begin with."
Your editor today does not YET know these books, but she is running right out to the library to find them!
Cathy shares a wonderful family/community experience of grape-picking and grape-stompin' for wine-making - wine for the Eucharist, that is. A share for us of a lovely experience, complete with photos.
And I am thinking about the Thirty Days of Nothing, and my own manner of participating in it.
Festival nominations were a little slim this week, but it's not too late! Please shout-out in the comments if you'd like to join in the ... uh ... festivities.
If you'll include a link to your post, so much the nicer. Sorry that I can't seem to make Blogger show you the code, but if you are like me and need to look it up...you can find it at the bottom of THIS POST.
Blessings on us all.