happy birthday, Hannah!: yesterday, June the 26th, was the thirteenth birthday of my dear sister Hannah. Think: the pleasure of being my sister for a full thirteen years! Wow. It’s mind boggling.
But seriously, Hannah has been a genuine blessing to our family throughout her life; I cannot imagine a greater. We have had our share of quarrels over the years. There have been hard moments alongside the most blissful, and disquiet in the greatest tranquillity. But I believe that it was completely out of mercy that Hannah was brought into our family.
My dear Hannah, it has been a joy to watch you mature and grow over the past thirteen years. You went from a loving and silly little girl to… a loving and silly teenager. Over the next months and years, I pray that God would bless with all manner of Spiritual blessings, and that in his own good time Christ would bring you to himself. I wish I could do more, but as so often happens, I am typing this rather late and my mental faculties are out of joint.
a song: I came across this in our dear little hymnal [DLH]. I thought I would take one of the verses to grace my sidebar with, but I just decided to go ahead and post the whole thing. 94:
My God, I thank Thee, who hast made,
The earth so bright,
So full of splendour and of joy,
Beauty and light;
So many glorious things are here,
Noble and right.
I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made,
Joy to abound,
So many gentle thoughts and deeds
Circle us round,
That in the darkest spot of earth,
Some love is found.
I thank Thee more that all our joy
Is touched with pain,
That shadows fall on brightest hours,
That thorns remain;
So that earth’s bliss may be our guide,
And not our chain.
For Thou, who knowest, Lord how soon,
Our weak heart clings,
Hast given us joy, tender and true,
Yet all with wings,
So that we see, gleaming on high,
I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou hast kept
The best in store:
We have enough, but not to much
To long for more-
A yearning for a deeper peace
Not known before.
I thank Thee, Lord, that here our souls,
Though amply blest,
Can never find, although they seek,
A perfect rest,
Nor ever shall, until they lean
On Jesus’ breast.
by Adelaide Ann Procter.
they’ve done it again!!: if you read my blog, you probably know that Pixar is by far my favourite animation company. Expect to see me raving about their latest film, WALL-E, very soon. “Best Pixar since The Incredibles.” (The JF Film Edge).