I have a a stack of black, square-ruled, 5.5 x 8.25, Moleskine notebooks. My last one was orange and ran out about a year ago. Or better, I became unreliable. I’ve used several other notebooks that were cheaper. And less suited to my way of working apparently. I recently came back home. I may start thinking better. I’m pretty sure that, for reasons I cannot adequately express, it matches me. There may be a lesson for all of us who have felt disrupted. What could you resume that would give you order?
I’m reading from a Bible without verse numbers, without chapters, with only one column on a page, without footnotes (or any notes). (The Books of the Bible: New Testament). It’s helping. I realized that Jesus was not circumcised at the temple.
That seems like an odd thing to come from a different layout of the Biblical text. But without verses and with just paragraphs, it was easier for me to see that there was time between these two verses. I’ve had a sense that the writer of Ezra and the writer of Luke did a similar kind of gathering and then sharing pieces of story. I’m seeing that better.
Our minds are pretty scattered. (I don’t think it’s just my mind.) So I have a question for you this weekend that could help you focus. And maybe could guide conversations with friends and family. What’s one thing you’ve been involved in that turned out better than you expected? Not in the country or in the world, but in your life. It could be that you planted seeds and they grew. It could be that you had a conversation and it went well. I don’t know your story. But you do. Tell someone. (For that matter, tell us in the comments!)