Julian of Norwich was 30 years old on May 13, 1373, when she contracted a serious illness. She expected to die. The Black Death had ravished the countryside killing much of the population.  She prayed feverishly and was gifted with sixteen visions. In 1395, “A Revelation of Love — in Sixteen Shewings”  became the first book written by a woman published in English. This is her lovely prayer:

“Lord, let not our souls be busy inns that have no room for thee or thine, But quiet homes of prayer and praise, where thou mayest find fit company, Where the needful cares of life are wisely ordered and put away, And wide, sweet spaces kept for thee; where holy thoughts pass up and downAnd fervent longings watch and wait thy coming.”

And her famous quote:“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”  I read this quote to my wife, Kerry.  She said, “That’s like my mantra when I run.”All is well!”

by Nathaniel