Consider the Lilies

Through heavy curtains Morning steals in– Gray, sullen, frowning, As though carrying a grudge Against yesterday’s tumultuous birth That scattered its gold everywhere, Bursting through windows, Streaking through the willows, Blushing the face of the pond, Then rousing soft twitterings Tucked under feathered wing. But this day arrives, perfunctory, On schedule since its Genesis. DutyContinue reading “Consider the Lilies”

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”

Maundy Thursday

  What is Jesus dying for? “Doesn’t anyone want to listen to my story?” If we do listen, If we do hear, Our hearts break at His sacrifice at how disappointed   He must be at how our deafness binds us. If we do listen, If we do hear, Grace and courage might save us.Continue reading “Maundy Thursday”

Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley

Jesus walked this lonesome valley. He had to walk it by Himself; O, nobody else could walk it for Him, He had to walk it by Himself. We must walk this lonesome valley, We have to walk it by ourselves; O, nobody else can walk it for us, We have to walk it by ourselves.Continue reading “Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley”

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”

One of those places…

This is a picture of my silhouette at West Lake in Hangzhou, China.  For many, this is a place on their bucket list and is listed in the book, A 1,000 Places to see Before you Die.  For many centuries, this lake has inspired a nation and many artists and poets have created masterworks with theContinue reading “One of those places…”

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”

A Bouquet

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5  This photo is of a spring bouquet in a small crystal vase. The bouquet includes violet and cream calla lilies, pink alstroemeria and white snapdragons. I had been changing their water and cutting their stems to betterContinue reading “A Bouquet”

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