Thursday, February 28, 2019

february light






































it’s hazy today
and i lazily stroll
down the path

somewhat subdued

by the tilt of the earth
at this season

the mood of the trees
and their reason
of nakedness

does not winter
diminish us all

does she not 
lay us bare 
too?


Prayer….
Thank you Lord that when we are diminished, we are most in need of your grace.
And that even in february there is light.


Writing this post reminded me of a great old hymn: He Giveth More Grace….I especially like the 2nd stanza:

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done;
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

James 4:6
He gives more grace. Therefore the Scripture says, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."


Thursday, January 17, 2019

bearing gifts (the snow)

















in the stillness of snow
we can let go
of so many things

in the whiteness of snow
we are given to know
grace

"How many lessons of faith and beauty should we lose, if there were no winter in our year."
                                      Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1861

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

December 26, after Christmas walk






































it was warm 
for a december afternoon
and rain fell steady

inserting my ear phones
i started the walk
to the songs of les mis

another christmas 
had passed

i couldn’t help but wonder
if it would be the last 
with mom and dad

or might tragedy 
of another kind
befall 
before the halls
were decked again

then came the voice 
of young cosset
i slowed my steps
to listen well

and while 
her fragile words
settled in my heart

the weight of dread
took flight…

“there is a castle 
in the clouds
where no one’s lost
and no one cries”

(where there are
no sad goodbyes)

the song
like a snowflake,
faded quietly away

but other words
ancient and few

surfaced 
from memory

“FEAR NOT”
“For behold!”

how 
had i forgotten 
so soon?

“Behold!” 

“Behold”
and be held
all you who know yourselves
to be poor

“a baby 
is born!”

And He 
is the lamb

of God



“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. “
                                                              ~John the Baptist


“He shattered the space between heaven and earth 
and came naked and breakable for you in a creche.  
Then he lay naked and broken by you on a cross. 
You don’t have to try to save yourself.  Behold Him everywhere and be held.” 
                                                        Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

My “word” for 2019 is remember. :)

What’s yours?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

december evening, annunciation

















my plan was a 
a ten minute
walk

out the back door
down the driveway
and up the gravel road

just for a fresh breath
of air

but within
a minute of setting out
the revelation began

(cries of
geese filling the air)

i scanned the horizon
in every direction

nothing

finally
turning my face
directly upward

i saw them

flying 
high and away
into the pink feathery clouds 

seemingly heaven bound

light from the great star
reflecting from their underbellies

then 
just before fading from sight

they turned
and  circled back

directly overhead
again

this time
so low 

i could hear 
the beating of their wings

north
they flew

the air was warm

the world 
still



“Every human being is “formed to be a spectator of the created world and given eyes that he might be led to its author.”  John Calvin

“So go to the window. go to the hills, the desert, the corner, the back door and be ravished and taken and awed.” Ann Voskamp

*This season of advent, i am reminded again of how at a particular point in history God came “low”. So low that one could actually hear the sound of his footsteps. 


Monday, November 19, 2018

kneeling

















everything i saw
that morning

seemed to take a knee

in protest?
no

in awe, it seemed

(believing that nothing
was deserved or earned)

leaves gave way
to autumns breeze

mums bent low

and even the strongest
boughs

bowed down

to kiss
the darkened
fertile

ground


"The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship"
                                             ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Pride is about my glory; humility is about God's glory."  ~Mark Driscoll



Thursday, November 8, 2018

that day

















it was gray 
that day

rain fell
in fits and
starts

leaves fell too

silently swirling
to the damp
dark ground

just maybe 
i had found my way
to the old neighborhood 

because people in my life
were falling too

bravely
quietly

gently




“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”~Ansel Adams


What a beautiful day, that day was. I wish you could have seen the color, and the light. Hoping this image will give you a glimpse of what it was like.




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

signs







































there’s a soybean field
near my house

i walk to it 
some mornings

the soybeans are brown now
but the field is surrounded
by cottonwood trees

their leaves glisten 
like golden 
hummingbird wings

i see deer tracks too

at the edge 
of the field



“I hold not with the pessimist that all things are ill, nor with the optimist that all things are well.  All things are not well, but all things shall be well, because this is God’s world. “   ~Robert Browning