For Granted

*1: to assume (something) as true, real, unquestionable, or to be expected 2: to value (something or someone) too lightly: to fail to properly notice or appreciate (someone or something that should be valued) Indoor plumbing, clean water that is always nearby, a home with walls,  a real floor, a roof, shoes, socks, coats— clothingContinue reading “For Granted”

The Longing Hours

“Other sound than the owl’s voice there was none, save the falling of a fountain into its stone basin; for it was one of those dark nights that hold their breath by the hour together, and then heave a long low sigh, and hold their breath again.” — Charles Dickens. Some nights I keep  companyContinue reading “The Longing Hours”

Distant Light

…the evidence of things not seen. — Hebrews 11:1 I look long into the sky, peering into blue-gray clouds, straining to see past the nebulous,  thick layer into calm space, so wanting to see the flicker-lit night, the distant light that happened in the past, memory from another day, and I find on this nightContinue reading “Distant Light”

Early Watches

I hear You best in early watches, 2, 3, 4am; Your presence near, and I am wide-eyed  with questions, my whys and what ifs, and I feel like a child just awakened by lightening. You attend me patiently, calm my flutterings, and nudge me  to remember other souls to pray over.  In these predawn hours,Continue reading “Early Watches”

Grappling Hours

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” — Psalm 147:3, NKJV In the predawn hours  when only the first birds have begun to test their voices  before the arrival of a full choir, I sit and ruminate life. In this dark hour You meet me  with comfort only love can give,  and IContinue reading “Grappling Hours”