There isn’t much to say about the first week of term. My only class that ended up meeting was Latin: Old English and Arthurian Legends aren’t due to start until Week 2, and Narrative & History was canceled at the last minute due to snow. I finished People of the Book, and though I admired the wealth of research Brooks did to write it, I was disappointed with her treatment of characters. But, this isn’t her novel that won the Pulitzer. I also finished Buke of the Ordre of Knychthede and prepared a presentation on Sir William Sinclair, its patron, for the class that was canceled, and so made a snow man of him instead. I read Tehanu, by Ursula K. Le Guin, the fourth book in the Earthsea series, and it made me very happy. Tenar is in it, and the longer I know Ged the more I love him (I didn’t like him the first time I met him, to be honest). I added four books to my personal library from the used book sale, and two others bought used online—fun books, I hope. And I discovered the King James Library in the Divinity school and have decided to study there as often as I can. It is how a library should be: old books on wooden shelves, high ceiling, open and full of light. It’s small, but not many people use it, and it is quiet. I like it very much.
Most of the week was spent in twilight, waiting for the solitude of darkness followed by the hope of dawn, but the sun is out today and the crocuses were blooming by the church gate.
This week looks to be a busy one. I hope I can be a good steward of my time, fix my eyes on Jesus, and be diligent and disciplined for his glory’s sake. The liturgy at St Andrew’s doesn’t include this prayer, but I pray it anyway: Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal.
I mentioned snow. Because class was canceled, Felicity and I went out to play: Snow! pictures.