We Can Bloom, Even Between a Rock and a Hard Place

  Many people have witnessed a plant growing in the middle of a cement sidewalk or noted a flower springing forth from the middle of a concrete wall.  At the side of my driveway and up against the cement wall of my neighbor’s foundation, a small purple little flower demonstrates the possibility of growth underContinue reading “We Can Bloom, Even Between a Rock and a Hard Place”

Hope

  I barely can sense it’s shiver of awakening. But. I stop in stillness, Searching for the shimmer. In a drawn down lip-line, In a shallow breath, In a tear-drop caught in its passage. My consciousness whispers that it’s there. My footsteps inch toward it. It must be! Because. I hope for it. By SusanContinue reading “Hope”

Amen Grammie…and thank you for joining us this year!

For the last lenten blog post for Marble Women’s Ministry this year, I wanted to share a cute story and to honor my Mom too, who played a large role in finding some of the special poets and other contributors for this year’s blog.  And a few times, she had to listen to me whenContinue reading “Amen Grammie…and thank you for joining us this year!”

A Blessed Easter!

The sun always rises.  Slowly.  Quietly. Sometimes amidst rain.  Sometimes amidst wind.  Sometimes covered by clouds. But slowly, quietly, the sun always rises and shatters the darkness. God always comes to us.  Sometimes quietly.  Other times through a cacophony of unexpected events and “life turned upside down” experiences that stop us in our tracks.  ButContinue reading “A Blessed Easter!”

God’s Glorious Contrary Ways

Who’d ever put treasure in frail jars of clay? Come to us in our failure not strength, Choose the weakest and least, The discarded, not kings, Recruit from the gutter for His family? Who’d take objects of scorn: Vile cross, crown of thorns, And die to slay death, Conquer hell, sin and grave? Who’d pickContinue reading “God’s Glorious Contrary Ways”

Light Always Breaks Through

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139: 11&12 Today is Good Friday, the day on which we remember the crucifixion ofContinue reading “Light Always Breaks Through”

Landmark for Peace

I did not know about this speech, the one that Robert F. Kennedy gave on the evening of April 4, 1968, the day Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.   This impromptu speech given by a man whose time on this Earth was not long, but he did not know that.  To calm a cityContinue reading “Landmark for Peace”

Rivers and Spirituality

Sunset on the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa on October 31, 2018 from my hotel room…it was a sunset that I wrote about in my journal.  The colors seemed to get better and more vibrant with each passing moment, leaving me in awe of a colorful sky.   While I am in the state ofContinue reading “Rivers and Spirituality”

Draw the Circle Wide

This is a picture of hands in a circle at one of our retreats several years ago.  We all have temporary tattoos of butterflies and hearts on our arms.  Though we all have different colors of skin, we are united in the transformative spirit of growth and support at this retreat. It reminds me ofContinue reading “Draw the Circle Wide”

At the Place where the Land Ends…

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)   I came upon this sundial while visiting St Michael’s Mount in the Cornwall region of the UK on a stellar day last September.  IContinue reading “At the Place where the Land Ends…”

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