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Friday, 20 December 2013

All shall be well

'All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well'
Julian of Norwich

For several of my friends and family 2013 has been a difficult year. Sometimes it is hard to know what to say or do when someone is going through a hard time. Words and even actions can seem to be inadequate. I do know that there are some inspiring people out there, those that bear their trials with grace and fortitude and teach the rest of us to be grateful for what we have.

The above quote has come into my life a couple of times over the last few weeks. I like it for its simplicity and message of absolute hope. 
 Not much is known about Julian of Norwich. She was an English anchoress who lived from 1342 - 1415. An anchoress is another name for a hermit, someone who has retired from the world in order to pray. Her name probably derives from the cell in which she lived, which was attached to St. Julian's Church in Norwich. When she was thirty and still living with her family Julian became seriously ill. As she lay on her deathbed she experienced a series of visions of Jesus. When she recovered, Julian wrote about these visions in a book which eventually became the Revelations of Divine Love. This is believed to be the earliest book by a woman in the English language.

Thank-you so much to everyone who has read this blog over the past year. It is incredible and humbling to see my stats and realise that there are people reading from Alaska, China, Russia, Malaysia, Poland to name a few, as well as many from the U.S. I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very Happy Christmas wherever you are. Julian of Norwich was noted for her optimism and joyful outlook on life and I sincerely hope that for you in 2014 all shall be well.

1 comment:

  1. And thank you for your thoughtful and generous blogs, Alex, and a very Happy Christmas to you and yours.