Monday, March 14, 2011

Fern (Multitudes on Mondays)

The concert rings in my ears and beats in my ribcage as Emily and I wind our way back Dartmouth, Newbury, and Hereford St., back to the T, back to North Station, back to home. I buzz with Zoë's cello, but most with her love of making music. For an hour and a half, she shared her joy, her love of composition, her love of the deep earth sounds and the sounds of wind and the sounds of water - all hidden in the belly of her instrument. 

I feel my feet strike the comforting hard brick pavement of city, of Boston, of me being me whenever I walk everywhere and take public transportation and people watch by the Public Library and laugh my way through window shopping with my friend. And I know that there is gratitude here, today

And the discipline is the ache of praise:

15. For Fern, Zoë Keating's song perched in my soul and singing (without words), but never stopping. 
16. For the green-grey ocean on Thursday rustled by breezes. 
17. For book trivia and finish-the-quote and what-is-the-name-of with Dad and Joe about Harry Potter, Narnia, Sense & Sensibility, and all the best stories of childhood.
18. For that beautiful-smelling grass soap at Sabon on Newbury St. 
19. For laughing until our sides hurt at dinner out on Wednesday because the family was telling funny stories and laughing about the trials of young love. 
20. For the trip to California tomorrow morning (early - 6am!)

May this day, each moment, fill you with the ache to praise, the ache of praise. May peace blossom in your heart from the One who is our peace. 


For Quiet Confidence (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer)

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


  1. Loved your blessings and the prayer

  2. Love "the discipline is the ache of praise."

    Found you on Ann's link up. Hope you have a great trip.

  3. Thank you both! Blessings on your days ahead this week.

  4. I’m here from Ann’s today

    Seems like I was just here – and I think I was – yesterday:)

    I heart “discipline is the ache of praise”

    And my fave from the list: 19. For laughing until our sides hurt at dinner (laughing with friends – especially when it’s this hard – I think is one of the great joys of living)

    God Bless and Keep

  5. I love that "discipline is the ache of praise." For sure!

    My favorite? For the green-grey ocean on Thursday rustled by breezes.

    I love the ocean. In all weather!

  6. Laughing till sides hurt! Made me think that that just isn't happening enough!!!! I so loved your post today! I went from wanting to laugh, to the quote "in quietness and rest shall be your strength," to the music of a cello, etc. I just sighed and smiled, and felt like it was soooooo good to be here and follow your footsteps for just a little while!

  7. Love the poetic way you write. Wanting some grass scented soap. Ready for spring, I guess:) Glad to know another Tea Girl!

  8. Laughing - ohhhh it IS good medicine just as He says!

    Thank you for sharing!

  9. Jumped over from Ann's and laughing til our sides hurt ... yes, it is indeed so good to laugh. Have a wonderful week! Blessings, Beth

  10. Thank you, all these wonderful people stopping by my blog! Have a blessed week (and look out for a post from California tomorrow!)


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