because marking the days by this book, this calendar, keeps all the days in order. when the one good thing you've done in this year is read this book day by day, week after week for months on end and it's the only one thing that you really remember doing and the one source of hope and the one source of light and the one reason that all the days are found. and because these words are life and these words give life you can't imagine not reading this each day for all the rest of your days because learning and seeing and learning to see are the beginning and middle and end of your story.

let love and faithfulness never leave you. bind them around your neck write them on the tablet of your heart