“A Book is a Friend”…

I never feel lonely if I’ve got a book – they’re like old friends. Even if you’re not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. And they’re part of your history. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life. Emilia Fox

Meditation: My mother lives her life surrounded by books. When she was a child after the Second World War, a book would often be her only place of comfort and refuge when she was faced with chaos or uncertainty. When she married young in the early sixties and became a pastor’s wife, she was not allowed to get a formal education and have her own profession. However, her love of books never ceased. As a child growing up in the parsonage, there were bookshelves all over the house filled with hundreds and hundreds of books. And the moment my father retired, my mother became a librarian. Her knowledge and love of books is contagious. She offers her passion for reading to others by managing the church library, which she has  done now for decades. I am deeply proud of my mother who is one of the most well-read persons I know. She never stopped reading and educating herself while offering her wisdom and love of literature to many others, especially women who would otherwise not touch a book.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for my mother’s love of books. Thank you for growing up in a home where books were present and all around. Thank you for my mother’s passion for reading and teaching. Thank you for her ability to befriend books and find a home in them. Thank you for her passion to create and build her own life around literature. Thank you for the friendships we have with books and with their authors who are like old friends to us. Amen

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. Proverbs 14:1