“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (26/40), 2020 Lenten Lists, Sardis Baptist Church- Charlotte NC:

It was one of those days that the path was difficult to see because it had been raining. Since the last time I was here, which was just a few days ago, a plethora of weeds has sprung up between the pavers.

I can’t sit at the center today because it is wet with water.

The temperature is about 50° but because it is so damp, it feels a little cooler.

A shelter in place order was issued today effective Thursday morning at 8 AM. This is what it says…

My mother has been restricted for 10 days at her assisted living facility in Atlanta. They are not allowed to leave their apartments; all meals are brought to them… I have been trying to call, but not frequently enough. I will ramp up my phone calls. Maybe two or even three times per day.

Lots of thoughts from my Tuesday morning Bible class today. But I love when people introduce me to new ideas or writers or hymns. Today I listened to Ann read “Hymn of Promise” …

In the bulb there is a flower;
In the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
There’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.
There’s a song in every silence,
Seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.
In our end is our beginning;
In our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing;
In our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection;
At the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season,
Something God alone can see.

I don’t know if my walks will be permitted when the shelter in place order goes in effect, but I figure I can route myself by one on the way to the grocery store. It will count as exercise.

Today my birds were singing and the wisteria caught my attention.

And I loved these …

“The Peace of Wild Things” – Wendell Berry

  • Listen
  • When despair for the world grows in me
  • and I wake in the night at the least sound
  • in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
  • I go and lie down where the wood drake
  • rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
  • I come into the peace of wild things
  • who do not tax their lives with forethought
  • of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
  • And I feel above me the day-blind stars
  • waiting with their light. For a time
  • I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
  • And from Pope Francis:

    “Tonight before falling asleep
    think about when we will return to the street.
    When we hug again,
    when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
    Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar,
    the small talk, the photos close to each other.
    We think about when it will be all a memory
    but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
    We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us.
    Every second will be precious.
    Swims at the sea, the sun until late,
    sunsets, toasts, laughter.
    We will go back to laughing together.
    Strength and courage.
    See you soon! “

    Source: A Message from Pope Francis :“Tonight before falling asleep” – Catholic Living / Spirituality – Catholic Answers Forums, https://forums.catholic.com/t/a-message-from-pope-francis-tonight-before-falling-asleep/597160

    When we hug again,


    2020 Lenten Lists-

      Things I’ve googled today:
      hymn of Promise
      Butterflies in Death in the Family
      Ted Dennard
      Wendell Berry

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