Happy Feast of St. Francis de Sales and Happy Anniversary to Not Strictly Spiritual. It was six years ago today that I decided to launch this blog, choosing the feast of the patron saint of journalists and one of my personal favorites as the perfect day to jump into the wild and wacky world of blogging.
This blog has ebbed and flowed with my life, as my regular readers know. And it has morphed and changed along with me. Truth be told, NSS is really a barometer of how things are going on many other fronts of my life. When all engines are firing, it’s blog, blog, blog. When things get a little off kilter, NSS tends to go silent. But this is really my favorite “job” — talking to you about my spiritual journey, or sharing my recipes or photos or favorite songs.
Thank you for joining me here whenever you can. I truly appreciate your friendship and loyalty to this blog, even when I don’t show up for days (or weeks) at a time.
Since today is not only a feast and an anniversary but Flashback Friday, I will be putting up old blog posts over on my Facebook author page just for fun. Visit me there, if you’d like to see more.
And now I thought I’d end this post the same way I ended my very first blog post, with a favorite prayer written by St. Francis de Sales, a prayer I really need to hear again as if for the first time today:
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.
— St. Francis de Sales