Monday, August 27, 2018

remedy

















i visited
the sunflower fields
last week

and their faces
did not
fail


" The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.  Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."   ~Anne Frank



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

that moment in the rainforest


















after clicking
the shutter

i shuddered
in awe

at the green
into green

the path yet
unseen

and the
bridge


This week I was made aware of the passing of a beautiful thirty eight year old mother.  She simply stopped breathing in her sleep, leaving four young daughters and a loving husband.  Most of us have experienced the loss of someone unexpectedly. We have experienced shock, disbelief, anger, confusion, pain, and many other emotions that repeat themselves in no particular order, as we adjust to a new normal in our lives.

It is during such times that I find myself seeking beauty.....desiring to hear from God through His creation that what has just happened isn't really the end of the story.  Today, as I looked back through photos taken in Olympic National Park, i was encouraged by this one. It seemed to be a good visual of the Christian's belief that death is indeed a bridge and not a final destination.


"Let your hearts take courage. Hope in God."
"Jesus was raised from the dead and named the firstborn of us who follow." (See Colossians 1:18)

Below is a photo of Wynter Pitts and her family. Read about her life. She left a wonderful legacy.


                                                               Well done Wynter. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

dad's birthday






































dad turned
eighty seven
yesterday

when asked if he
felt older

he said,
“damn right…
i feel older every day”

dad is irish,
small,
and to most,
not as tall
as he once was

but then,
most

don’t see

what i
see




A hero is no braver than an ordinary man but he is brave five minutes longer.   
                                                                        Ralph Waldo Emerson


As a young man, my father, an ordinary farmer, gave himself day after day for his family. Now he is the primary caretaker for my mom whose Parkinson’s disease is advancing. Dad is staying brave every day….. for a few minutes longer.  Love you Dad.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

prayer at the waterfall

















Creator of waterfalls
morning light
and so much more

you surround me here 
with sounds of
gospel truth

a gurgling melody 
of“grace
given 
freely”

and i, 
like the helpless forest

flourish

at the waters
of your ravenous 
redemption


"Grace like water, flows to the lowest part."   -Philip Yancey

"Grace does not depend on what we have done for God but on what He has done for us.  Ask people what they must do to get to heaven and most reply "Be good."  Jesus stories contradict that answer.
All we must do is cry "Help".    -Philip Yancey

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

tis true

















last week
i was a
tiny fluttering fairy

floating freely
in a sea
of gilded

green


"For in the nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver."                                                                                         -Martin Luther

This is my first post since visiting Olympic National Park last week. This image was taken in the Hoh Rainforest. Tis true, one can't help but feel transported to a fantasy land when visiting this phenomenal place. Do go, if you can.

Friday, May 18, 2018

seeing afresh, after the rain


















it wasn’t just a fence
anymore

it was a
tender rendering 

“mercy
dripping
down”


"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."  
                                                                         Pablo Picasso

Seeing this fence after the rain refreshed me and reminded me that we should all keep planting flowers, wearing color, baking cookies, hosting game nights, smiling at strangers, training our dogs.....doing whatever it is we do, to bring beauty to the world.  For we never really know whose soul we might be washing.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

conversation on a wire


















hey fellas
weather’s changin’

forecast says wind in the south
high in the seventies

maybe we should fly
over to ralph’s

give him 
heck

then play some checkers 
and peck 

a few worms



"Friendship isn't a big thing. It's a million little things."   anonymous