Contemplations on Psalm 139

If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea… —  Psalm 139:9 Even before a word  is on my tongue… before a thought  is formed, before I give  up or move forward, before I fall into  the bitterness  of less or forgetfulness  of plenty (Oh, God, Continue reading “Contemplations on Psalm 139”

The Surrendered Gift

Give as freely as you have received! — Matthew 10:8 We left the torn and crumpled paper  under the tree until this morning — a reminder of an anticipation that feeds a Christmas longing — to give and to receive, but it is more than an exchange of trinkets, it is the desire to relate,Continue reading “The Surrendered Gift”

Another Day

His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.  Rays of light flash from His hands, where His awesome power is hidden. — Habakkuk 3:4 The sun nestled near  the rising mountains, the great gray mountains  peach-kissed by warming  rays, just as it has been since dawn’s creation, and I count each day  I’ve lived, eachContinue reading “Another Day”

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”

Grace Rolling in Like Waves

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. — Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 There are those moments  when you bathe in humility,  not the kind that stings because you are embarrassed,Continue reading “Grace Rolling in Like Waves”

Entering Thankful

“…that I might sing praises to You and not be silent. Oh Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever!” — Psalm 30:12 With too many and too much, we often fail to be thankful. We have become a people who feel entitled to all we desire, even in gluttonous amounts, indulging on everythingContinue reading “Entering Thankful”

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”

Surrender

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. — James 4:10 What gentle love  does our God pour  down upon us?  What kind expression  does His Spirit bestow?   What strong protection  does our Father set  in hedges all around us?   It is the perfect charity  of grace,Continue reading “Surrender”