In her annual newsletter to friends and family, Jill Steenhuis sends greetings and wishes for the new year. She takes us on an inner journey, into her time of meditation in which she explores the gift of time, and the abundance of time that has been given her this past year. She shares her daily prayer: “Please, Lord, give me time to be silent, to listen to You, to listen to my soul rather than to the world. Give me time to paint so intensely that I will find my way to that unknown beauty that is there waiting to be revealed. I know I cannot perceive the mystery if I do not allow time to contemplate it.”
It was unexpected – I felt my father’s presence as I cleaned off his riding boots and prepared them for a painting session. I had thought about doing this many times before, but had never actually taken the time to do it. A flood of memories and sensations washed over me as I painted his boots. I lived and remembered and loved.