I was given four magazines by a dear client, The Sun, I love everything about it, the feel of the paper, the layout and design, the well used feel, and the articles. It is the type of magazine you would place on your reading table to read at anytime. I, on the other hand, placed it in the magazine rack in the bathroom. That’s a whole different story to tell at a later date!
WHAT IS THE SUN?
“The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in The Sun’s pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet them.”
The Essay – “With Care” by Henri J.M. Nouwen
This essay was written in the section called “The Dog-Eared Page.” And that is exactly what I have done with this page… turned down the corner of the page.
At the end of the essay – “excerpted from Out of Solitude: Three Mediations on the Christian Life, by Henri J.M. Nouven. Copyright 1984, 2004…
Wait! Out of Solitude? I think I have read that book. If I remember correctly, it was given to me by a very dear high school friend.
Sure enough, it was on my bookshelf. Inside it said, “Happy Birthday, Beth. As you begin a new year and new decade in your life, may you find some sense of strength in these words.” May 1981
Like so many of my books, it was filled with notes in the margins and colored under linings. So interesting to re-read a book with my view points/perceptions documented on the pages.
One that stands out: Three Meditations on the Christian Life is underlined and my notes in the margin, “Christian Life and Meditations – do they really go together? Do Christians really mediate?” Shows my judgement about Christians at that time in life.
I would highly recommend both the essay in The Sun and the book. Both are excellent reads to open your mind to “with care.”
One of many favorite statements in the essay, “Therefore, to care means first of all to be present to each other.”
So grateful for the gifts given to me – much more than a magazine and a book.