Spring forward.

Sunday night.  March thirteenth.

The Ides of March is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held.

This morning Jim and I woke up to a discussion of what time is it, really? The fact is that we didn’t realize that it was Daylight Savings Time time change day!  (– that whole “Spring forward, Fall back” thing).  His watch read 9:15, but my mobile phone revealed that it was really 10:15.  So, we scurried around and actually made it to church.  We heard a great sermon by Scott Black Johnston, challenging us to ponder the most important priorities while letting go of all the other fluff/stuff.  Earlier this week, Scott called Rob to check on him, reminding him of his prayer support.  It means more than words can express to know that Rob has been on the receiving end of so many powerful prayers!

After church we walked through Central Park, just soaking up the fresh air and pleasant weather.  The day wasn’t exactly warm, but not too cold, either.  Then we toured through the Frick Museum, enjoying the beautiful mansion and the various Rembrandts and other superstar artists’ works.  Lee Anne was hanging out with Rob back at the apartment, so I suppose that Jim and I felt we could take our time returning home from church.

Here it is, the middle of March.  How has the time gone by so quickly?  Having been here in NY since November, it seems like the time has simultaneously flown by and stood still.  I know that doesn’t make sense.  I know.  Rather like the hour we “lost” last night for Daylight Savings Time, it sometimes feels like when we went to bed last night, it was just past the Ides of October, and now here it is, almost time to say, “Beware the Ides of March!”  But, God knew beforehand where we would be and where we would need to be, and so, as I trust in Him, I trust that we are there.

Psalm 31:14-15  But I trust in you, LORD;  I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands….

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2 Responses to Spring forward.

  1. Ellen Knox says:

    Hi, Roslyn,
    Thinking of you and Rob and all of your family. I wanted to tell you that on the 1st anniversary of my father’s death, I was so sad & I walked out into our back yard and my favorite bird, the wood thrush, was singing merrily! Daddy & I had discussed the wood thrush many times before. I couldn’t help but think it was a message that he was fine – more than fine! And so are your parents. I know that doesn’t take away the grief of missing them.

    I hope the blasted phantom pains will begone!!! Rob is one brave warrior! I pray that each day brings healing and more strength for him.

    Lots of love to you all! Ellen

  2. Jane Brown says:

    You continue to be in my daily thoughts and prayers.. what a journey you have been on! I was in MS all last week with Mother and left her in pretty good spirits.. she still can’t hear even with hearing aids and is having issues with her balance. I am just so thankful that I have two sisters close by.
    We travel to Denver later for Addison’s christening. They are listing their house and plan to move to the DFW area.. I am trying not to get too excited!
    I read Rob’s blog every night too. Seems to be healing but that phantom pain sounds horrible. I read with interest about the “mirror therapy”.. isn’t that amazing how our brains function. I pray that Rob will soon have some comfort and that the pain disappears! Your whole family are amazing people.. such strong faith,loving and caring.. but that doesn’t surprise me! Take care of yourself and I plan to call you soon. Love ya…

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