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Cloud of Witness (and a wedding...)



When Charlotte Mason, the British educator whose philosophy and methods I subscribe to, said good-bye to her student teachers as they graduated from her teaching college, she gave them a delightful parting gift.  It was this charming book titled The Cloud of Witness, A Daily Sequence of Great Thoughts from Many Minds Following the Christian Seasons by the Hon. Mrs. Lyttelton Gell.  It is a lovely book, small in size yet packing over 500 pages.  It was yet another way that Miss Mason was able to solidify a bond among all her teachers - a bond that they carried throughout their lives.

scan of actual page from Cloud of Witness



I have been enjoying something similar - At the Still Point: A Literary Guide to Prayer in Ordinary Time.  While The Cloud of Witness covers the main Christian seasons - Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and a few others, At the Still Point covers Ordinary Time from Pentecost to Advent.  Each week begins with a theme and opening prayer.  Each day has scripture reading and a reading of literature or poetry.   I love how the compiler, Sarah Arthur, describes how a piece of fiction or poetry might move our hearts towards God when we are least expecting it.



"Spiritual insight, wrapped in the cloak of fiction or poetry, slips inside the back door of the imagination; and suddenly there it is, nonchalantly sipping coffee at the kitchen table.  It pours another cup, invites us to have a seat. Well, it seems to say, and what will you do with  me now?  We were not expecting a spiritual moment because we didn't think we were reading a spiritual book.  Our defenses were down.  The bolt was unlocked.  So the intruder gets further, pushes much deeper than if we, bristling with suspicion, had been expecting a salesman proselytizing at the front door."



I can't recommend this book enough, especially for my literature-loving friends.

Most of you know I've been busy!  My son was married last week. How wonderful to have such a wonderful new daughter!  I am full of gratitude.   Here are some pictures for you.  Now, on to the LER, then the MN reception...

Literally from joy to joy,
Nancy

P.S. - sorry about the funky highlighting - I'm not sure what's going on there...

Captured by KD Photography

Captured by KD Photography


candid shot of entire wedding party




6 comments:

  1. That book sounds lovely, just what I am needing. Loved the quote. And LOVE your, MY, son! See you soon, I am getting so excited about the LER.

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  2. I love the quote too. I have to look into it for I love your recommendations.

    I am glad you have gained a lovely daughter in law. Thanks for sharing.

    Looking forward to more, Kelly.

    Hugs from TX

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  3. Wonderful quote and beautiful pictures! Congratulations to your son and his new wife!

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  4. I love the wedding pics. I'm into them these days! In 5 short months I will have married 2 of our daughters. Makes me sad and happy all at the same time! Congrats to your son and his lovely wife.

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  5. Congratulations! The wedding pictures are absolutely charming!

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  6. Congratulations on the wedding. I love the pictures. Please pass along my congratulations to Jack and his bride.

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