The First Pleasure

God Almighty first planted a garden.  And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. — Francis Bacon I imagine Eve tended the roses that bloomed in the garden, dreamily losing herself  down the silky stairwells into a beauty that stills  the soul. —C.L. Fisher, January 2022 Unless otherwise indicated, all writings and images areContinue reading “The First Pleasure”

Dappled Things

Bounty-laden branches in golden  apple orchards, brilliant fields  of flaming poppies, a meadow  dotted with bowing daffodils, pied patches of wild-sewn maize, the amber thatches of wheat that dance as the wind sweeps over a wide plain, these leaves laced in rings above my head — Glory be to God for dappled things. —C.L. Fisher,Continue reading “Dappled Things”

The Lovely Sunshine

The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and He has spoken; He has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets. — Psalm 50:1 Stand in the lovely sunshine today, allow the rays to rain glorious warmth over your face, feel the heat on your shoulders, see the light and shadowContinue reading “The Lovely Sunshine”

Thanks to Give

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever. — Psalm 136:7 I see the noon sun through a favorite tree, this bur oak that is letting  loose leaves and acorns, returning humus to the earth, a cycle of renewal which requires rest, and these changing leaves and thinning treesContinue reading “Thanks to Give”

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”

A Vast Vision

The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created.  He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. — Psalm 33:6 I turned this image  upside down, imagining the clouds from heaven’s  perspective  and I was surprised how endless it seemed without the grounding of a horizon— my angle starting above the skyline— andContinue reading “A Vast Vision”

Dawning Praises

Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song.  —Psalm 57:8 You sing for me and the mountain before the others  rise, and I feel as if I could listen  to this symphony, your warbles and the quaking  leaves, until Jesus walks me home — suchContinue reading “Dawning Praises”

In the Winnowing Wind

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God — Psalm 42:1 The gentle creatures, the ones who seem to arise from the brush, emerge from the trees, quietly appearing as if from air, remind us  of the constant care God gives — protection, provision, peaceful surroundings — becauseContinue reading “In the Winnowing Wind”