Waiting for Easter

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Seems my mind doesn’t know what an easy winter is anymore.  So I’m implementing the gratitude cure as strongly I can.  Here are some of the things I’m grateful for:

Narcissus bulbs glowing in the late afternoon sunlight (see above)

Old C. S. Lewis favorites, such as “The Weight of Glory.” 

Listening to free music on Spotify, such as Antonio Bertali and Guillaume Dufay.

Occasional crystal clear days during which it appears that one can see every snow-covered crevice in the Alps from the end of C.so Matteotti (and other avenues).

My new Italian class, twice per week.  I’m going to speak this language!

The appearance of early spring fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, favas, and even a little asparagus, at the outdoor markets.

Sarie’s Sibelius concerto practice sessions.  And talks (not necessarily about Sibelius).

Regular exercise. If nowhere else, on a stationary bike.

My new, inexpensive bistro table by the kitchen door.  It’s my new favorite place to sit for my morning devotions, and best of all, it draws more people into the isolated kitchen.  (See below)  Thanks for taking me to the store, Rachelle!

New herbs on the balcony.  (See same photo below)

Every single friend who has invited me somewhere or prayed with me during the past two weeks.

That the Lord has demonstrated his love for us, decisively, in sacrificial action beyond what I can ask or imagine.  May my mind be better able to comprehend this unfathomable love and translate it into actions of my own.

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6 thoughts on “Waiting for Easter

  1. Your post challenged me to perform the same gratitude “exercise” in my life. As you know, I too am thankful for discovering the music of Antonio Bertali and I look forward to exploring Dufay. And for some reason, which I can’t decide whether it’s a healthy or unhealthy response in me, I too experience a special kind of contentment when I hear my children practicing music. It’s not the music, it’s the fact that they are practicing that soothes me. So thankful that there are actual signs of spring in your life. We had snow showers yesterday in NYC, and today promises more chilly dampness. And every Easter season, I too ask that my dull, self-involved, mind could more fully grasp the magnitude of Christ’s sacrificial work.

  2. Yes, I’ve been hearing about the spring that won’t come to NYC! Here the weather is schizophrenic, rainy and cold one day and gorgeous the next.

    I am learning a whole lot about Baroque music right now, given Sarie’s involvement in the Baroque group. There are many other new musicians or new pieces, besides these, that I have discovered lately, so many that I need to consolidate a list and re-listen before I forget some of them.

    As for practice, in this case it really is the music I enjoy. After years of show pieces that were mostly assigned for learning technique, I feel the Sibelius is actually a concerto that bears repeated listening, even if Sarie is just now learning it and isn’t so happy with her instruction or her ability to play it. Also, I know what it means to Sarie, given that Sibelius is one of her favorite composers. But yes, I also enjoy seeing her work diligently and make progress towards a goal.

    I was a somewhat skeptical of gratitude exercises for a while because I thought they were more or less a way of consoling ourselves with material comforts. But no, I’ve decided that God gave us physical bodies, and they play a part in our well-being. Every good gift is worth giving thanks for. Therefore I’m getting off my high horse and giving thanks for whatever I can.

  3. Love your sunny spot by the window! A small table by a pretty window with a sweet view is my favorite type of sitting space. And the herbs. I miss being able to walk outside to pinch or clip a small bunch of this or that to add to whatever I’m cooking. I’m trying to figure out how to grow herbs in this apartment–there’s no good place to put them, but I’ll figure something out.

    And, especially–Amen to your last thought!

  4. I enjoyed reading your gratitude list, Laura, and can relate to many of them. I have an table similar to yours, which was set up in the sun room of our old house. It was a favorite study place, especially for Lauren. At our new home, the table has found its way to the garden, where it is still enjoyed. I bought mine (with four chairs) from a friend who was moving and never guessed how much enjoyment we’d receive from a second-hand table.

  5. I must say that putting this table in the kitchen is one of the best things we’ve done to this apartment. Now people hang out in the kitchen a lot more than before, and that was exactly what I was aiming for! After years of open/central kitchens, I was feeling quite isolated in there and now I often have company ;-).

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