Scripture Walk-Psalm 37

One of the surest ways to guarantee a healthy diet of the Word of God is to commit to a study of it to share with others. Nothing like knowing you’re s’posed to have something to say to make sure you go looking for that ‘something’ yourself! Eleven (!!) years ago this week when I began writing online, I was committed to three things through … Continue reading Scripture Walk-Psalm 37

Another Poem About Waiting {what I learned from my Grandson’s cat}

Mesmerized Tabby in the sunlight stares while I fix my eyes, watching him watch, alert to any stirring that would ensure life is present– a whisker, a whisper, anything to reveal even one breath of sure thing in spite of what he sees. I wait, too, for that subtle unfolding. Writing poetry is one way I process the world. If you’d like to read more … Continue reading Another Poem About Waiting {what I learned from my Grandson’s cat}

Happy Birthday Jay Seuss {a Christmas Post}

One Christmas Eve, 2008 to be exact, my son and his wife stayed overnight with us so we could all be together when our two young grandsons woke up the next morning. We tucked the kids into bed that night after church and proceeded to turn our living room into Santa’s workshop. I don’t recall exactly what my son and daughter-in-law were building, but I’m pretty … Continue reading Happy Birthday Jay Seuss {a Christmas Post}

A Christmas Song Doesn’t Need to Be About Jesus

Last night at church we had a carol sing and delicious cocoa bar afterwards. The sanctuary had been decorated for the season and it was beautiful. Before we started, our pastor asked everyone what our favorite Christmas song was. Hands went up all over. (Well, no hands really. People sort of loudly announced their choices). “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” ** “Jingle Bells” “Mary, Did You … Continue reading A Christmas Song Doesn’t Need to Be About Jesus

Anna Waits {an Advent Poem}

Next to Simeon the Prophet she waited. Widow with a word, forthtelling of coming light. There was nothing else calling her name but His across the years like an echo from The Garden so long ago. She’d been seeking (was He hiding?) for what else was her life but this–an always looking in the temple courts, trusting the doorway would be darkened some day when Light came in … Continue reading Anna Waits {an Advent Poem}

Celebrating Santa and the Savior

Weaving together the wonder of Christmas involves one part honoring the birth of our Savior and one part honoring the life of a saint. Nicholas, to be exact. Yes, we know we’re celebrating Jesus’ birthday, but the fact is we get all the presents. It would be easy to blame our culture and their cashing in, literally, on the character of Santa Claus, but let’s … Continue reading Celebrating Santa and the Savior

The Intrigue & Wonder of a Tape Measure, or How God is Rearranging the Furniture of my Life

The first verses of Isaiah Chapter six begin, “In the year that King Uzziah died….” and proceed to describe just what it was like when God’s presence filled the temple. What a way to worship. (Go ahead, read it. I’ll wait.) Anchoring a year by identifying it as when so-and-so has died seems an odd way to mark time, but I get it. This year, … Continue reading The Intrigue & Wonder of a Tape Measure, or How God is Rearranging the Furniture of my Life

The Light Shines in the Darkness {and the darkness does not overcome it}

My husband and I sat for a few moments in the waning daylight of September’s first day, swatting away persistent mosquitoes and chatting about unfinished summer projects. The bittersweet end of August that sidles up to the beginning of Autumn always surprises me by the quick demise of sunlight and sudden arrival of the evening. Honestly, it wasn’t dark like this at the same time … Continue reading The Light Shines in the Darkness {and the darkness does not overcome it}

Random Ramblings the Week of My 70th Birthday

I got a notice from the Neptune Society this week. Seriously. I felt like calling or emailing them to say, “I’m turning 70 this week. I am not dying.” It’s weird to do the math confirming I am, in fact, entering my eighth decade and realize I feel maybe 35 inside. Know what I mean? I wrote a poem about just that called “Age is … Continue reading Random Ramblings the Week of My 70th Birthday

Bill & Jody Get (and stay) Married-An Anniversary Story

July 14th, 1973. I’m not sure I can find a just right photo that sums up the time machine vibes of that day so very long ago, but I also didn’t want to let the day pass without writing a little something. I say ‘time machine’ because my wedding dress was made of cotton eyelet and my bridesmaids wore yellow checked gingham. My cake topper … Continue reading Bill & Jody Get (and stay) Married-An Anniversary Story