September

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

–   John Updike, September

Two years ago September Dear, Josh, Laura and I were in England. We were there from September 13th for 10 days.  Two years ago September 13th my dear old mom went to be with Jesus. My dear old pop was melancholy today with all the memories and regrets.

We started a new series at church this morning called You Are Here. We will be looking at why we are here as a church body in our community and in our world.

September always brings new things in the midst of old things. I have started reading an old book that I enjoyed before and now am enjoying again. I found a nice old copy of this book in England on our September trip in 2013.

flight-souvenirs2

When I am finished with this book I have two more books in my queue. One is the new book by Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast an Inspector Gamache murder mystery and another one which is called The Hole in Our Holiness, Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung. Yikes, that one will be a convicting one, I’m sure.

September is almost half way done. Dear continues in a holding pattern about future work. Katie has a 2nd interview with a company close to us. We have an open house at our son’s new office space on Tuesday. Work goes on for Dear and Andrew at our son and dil’s home with initial inspections ordered. The newlyweds are counting down the days to their honeymoon in Maui. Life goes on in the midst of waiting.

Hope you have a good week…

7 thoughts on “September

  1. Elizabeth Goudge novels are a blessing!
    I like John Updike’s September poem. It was 90 degrees here yesterday so it’s easy to forget that fall is coming.
    Blessings on your family!

  2. I like the September poem that you opened with. I love September…and I love October even more! Autumn is my favorite.

    Holding patterns can be so tough. We so want to make things happen and to get everything settled…sometimes the hardest thing to do is to wait. Praying for you this morning…

  3. Love the September poem!

    I also understand life going on in the midst of waiting. I’ve had to wait A LOT. Probably every believer can say that …

    The Hole in our Holiness does sound convicting … and interesting.

  4. September always seems more like the New Year than January does–probably the school year mentality. Things go on and on, even while we wait for the next things to start.

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