A Season

“Once we have tasted far streams, touched the gold, found some limit beyond the waterfall, a season changes and we come back changed but safe, quiet, grateful.” — William Stafford In the golden season, the grappling-gray of our waiting winter must soon begin. And we will refuse the bitter  gall that rises when spring leavesContinue reading “A Season”

A Waking Heart

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. – Jane Austen We trust the bud will bloom.  even as we see the thorn-tipped  leaves holdfast the tender-heart, enclosing the fragrance  underneath the tightly wrapped silk until, one morning, the dew will call to waking the full blossom and scent-tinged beauty, unfurl the petals ofContinue reading “A Waking Heart”

The Offering

The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life… — Proverbs 11:30 Each lemony petal seems ready to fall, the seeds, too, wait for the passing bee or butterfly to land,  to carry a new generation, disperse a gift asunder, and though we could  mourn the loss of a single petal, the sacrifice ofContinue reading “The Offering”

Witnessing Grace

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. —1 Peter 4:10 Light breaks just beyond these aging limbs, this kindly tree with its split bark and thinning canopy is still offering a single  cascade of  fuchsia blooms— morning’s gift of dewy blossoms—Continue reading “Witnessing Grace”

Giving, Luke 6:38

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” — Amy Carmichael You find yourself at the end of energy, your mind and body all give out, but there is this soul who needs you to be strength or kindness or support, and so you push through the tired. Sometimes it is aContinue reading “Giving, Luke 6:38”