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First up, I like the Air BnB we’re staying at in Gallatin, Tennessee!

Second, I like the prayer “The Saviour,” in The Valley of Vision, especially these lines:

Make him [Christ] all  my desire, all my hope, all my glory. . . . May thy dear Son preserve me from this present evil world, so that it’s smiles never allure, nor its frowns ever terrify, nor its vices defile, nor its errors delude me.”

Third, I like Mary Oliver’s poem “Why I Wake Early”:

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and crotchety–


best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light–
good morning, good morning, good morning.


Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.