1/31 days of madeleine

Last year, I did this “31 days of…” thing in October. I chose songs. Annie chose courage, Marisa chose wedding planning, other people chose other things. It never occurred to me that the opportunity would arise again this year, so when I saw Annie write about it I knew I had to jump on board again.

Two days ago, stuck at LAX, I typed up my introductory blog entry to 31 days of story. But it just didn’t rest well with me. I think I’m story-ed out for a minute. The Madeleine L’Engle book I’m currently reading is about story and it’s the hardest L’Engle book I’ve ever read. Usually I devour them in less than a week; I’ve been at this one for at least two months!

This morning as I dutifully opened up The Rock That is Higher (the Madeleine book) I remembered that today is Madeleine Monday and in the transitioning from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I hadn’t prepared anything. At that moment, it hit me like a ton of bricks.

31 days of Madeleine L’Engle. 

Plenty of you know and admire her through me, but I want to introduce you to her. So everybody, this is Madeleine.

We do not need to think of our obligations in terms of success; we would fail to do anything at all if we knew we had to succeed. We simply do what we can; we offer our little loaves and fishes and leave the rest to the Lord.

(The Rock That is Higher, Story as Truth)