This morning in my readings I ran across a quote from Julian of Norwich, a 14th century woman believed to have been the first woman to have written a book in the English language.
I’m no expert on Julian of Norwich (although I have a friend who is!), and most of my knowledge has been gleaned from the Internet. Yet, in the words of this woman, perhaps dismissed as irrelevant during her time, I found beauty and truth.
So today, I offer her words, written in a time of Plague and, as she calls it, dis-ease, which to my mind has a broader meaning thanks to that small hyphen than the more common disease.
I need her optimism for this day, this week, and our time.
“He said not ‘Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased’; but he said, ‘Thou shalt not be overcome.'”
“The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.”
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”