Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum*

(*Footprints do not go backwards) My eyes rest forward settling on a limitless  horizon immense before me; I’ve stumbled and crawled– my knees buckled — fallen  flat-out — my face to dirt — and defiantly laid myself  down idle by the wayside, just watching the world  pass by, but in the stillness  resides patience, the EternalContinue reading “Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum*”

A Grateful Love

Love that suspends ego, lets go the bitter renderings of past wrongs, forgives seven times and then seventy times seven more. Love that covers others with mercy — clothing, feeding, sheltering those with needs even to the point of sacrifice. Love that listens to the grief, holds vigil during times of illness and death, andContinue reading “A Grateful Love”

The Skins of Trees

That is why I can never stop praising you; I declare your glory all day long. And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing. — Psalm 71: 8-9 Layers of bark, broken,  cracked like skin, aged  by heat and wind.  These trees have lived  long,Continue reading “The Skins of Trees”

Surrendered Beauty

And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?  — Luke 12:28, NLT A rose, so full from the beautiful  blossoms of life, fell over  near my feet, too heavy  to uphold herContinue reading “Surrendered Beauty”

Letting Go

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. — Romans 1:20 (NLT) Unburdening my bones, letting go the unnecessaries we hold as if life wouldContinue reading “Letting Go”

Easy Listening

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. — Psalm 57:7-8, NLT Before the line of traffic, the sloshing of my commuter  coffee, the tempting text  that dings while I’m driving,  the hectic first moments  whenContinue reading “Easy Listening”

The Bur Oak Tree

I enjoy the serene offerings of cornflower blue lantana, the pleasing scent of yellow shrub roses, the moonlight glow of the blue plumbago that all grow near or under the canopy of this strong bur oak, a shield and protector  in this tiny garden I roam.   This day, this hard day when  life is setContinue reading “The Bur Oak Tree”