Justine Merritt photo click to see full size April 2006


It has been two years since I have updated this website.Idonot plan to write monthly letters nor add embroideries or stories. This is simply a letter so old friends, and perhaps some new ones, can learn some details aboutme inmy 82ndyear.

I rejoice that the first great-grandchild, Joshua,was born two years ago and that two more great-grandchildren are expected.

The successful total replacement of my right shoulder means that I have five new "joints." When I take walks outside I use a walker. My eyes and fingers allow me to keep on embroidering and reading. These are true blessings. I am in a Low Stress exercise class but I do not expect to travel again on bus, train or plane.

A quotation from Teilhard de Chardin's The Divine Milieu sums up my experience of aging:

When signs of age begin to mark my body (and stillmore when they touch my mind) the painful momentcomes in which I suddenly awaken to tact that I am ill or growing old. In those dark moments, O God, grantthat I may understand that it is you (provided only myfaith is strong enough) who are painfully parting thefibers of my being in order to penetrate to the very marrow of my substance and bear me away within yourself.

My hope for Sowing Seeds in 1995 was to freelyoffer upthe embroideries, poetry, stories.

My present hope is to stay in touch with those of you who respond by email.

And surely you know that you are held in a prayer attributed to Saint Augustine:

  Watch, O Lord, with those who wait, or watch
       or weep tonight, and give your angels and saints
       charge over those who sleep.
       Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
       Rest your weary ones,
       Bless your dying ones,
       Soothe your suffering ones,
       Pity your afflicted ones,
       Shield your joyous ones,
       and all for your love's sake.

May God shield you with love,



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