Monday, July 23, 2018

dad's birthday

dad turned
eighty seven

when asked if he
felt older

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

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

but then,

don’t see

what i

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 

and i, 
like the helpless forest


at the waters
of your ravenous 

"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