Peace and Quiet

Peace and Quiet

On the north side of my house is a happy tangle of ferns, hostas, violets and lily-of-the-valley. I call this my woods garden. For one thing, it grows without much help from me. For another, this pretty group of flowers reminds me of taking a walk through the woods. They like to sink their little feet (roots) into ground that is damper, cooler, and darker than the other flowers like. It’s a quiet, peaceful little spot.

Have you ever noticed that we like to keep reminders of peaceful things, of things that make us smile? From time to time, I place a few candles, a couple of kerosene lamps, three old books, and a pair of ancient spectacles atop my fireplace mantel. The books are Christian Harmony (my great-grandfather’s song book), Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr and the Big Farm  (does anybody remember those books by Maj Lindman?) and Normal Fifth Reader (1878).Those are books from a quieter, more serene time.

I like Bible verses that give me a feeling of peace and joy. So, I close this post with my favorite blessing from Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless thee,  and keep thee; The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”


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