Unseen

The trees of the Lord are well cared for—the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. There the birds make their nests, and the storks make their homes in the cypresses.—Psalm 104:16-17, NLT We look at trees, the sturdy trunk, the strong limbs, the spindly branches reaching out, the leaves weaving into a canopy  that sheltersContinue reading “Unseen”

Putting Away

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. —1 Corinthians 13:11, NLT These last few days, putting away the tree, finding a place for every new trinket and gift, clearing  out some things well past  their usefulness, taking longContinue reading “Putting Away”

A Welcome Surrender

I turned and saw this tree sprawled  against a clouded sky, a stark contrast of autumnal browns against the vibrant blue and white — when I let myself really see the beauty in this world, each moment becomes vital and humbling, the leaves in the final stage before falling, re-turning into the soil, the sunContinue reading “A Welcome Surrender”

Fallow Nights

I know the wind is coming today — a prediction our weathermen inevitably get right even when they too often ready us for a rain that disappoints, but the wind, we West Texans know, will come.  This day will bring a northern gust, a cool turning to a colder rush, a reminder that winter stillContinue reading “Fallow Nights”

Perfecting Faith

I feel as if we have met  the saturation point, no one  more thing can be added,  no grief, no illness, no tragedy, no protest, no shortage — we have reached the point  of not being able to hold  one more hard thing,  but this is life —  death and calamity  and everyday difficulties  areContinue reading “Perfecting Faith”

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”

Without Breath

Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy… — Psalm 96:12, NLT Would you weep with me if we imagined a world with no trees? No arching branches, no swaying canopies, no stately crowns, no fruit-laden boughs no music through leaves, no root-tilled ground, Continue reading “Without Breath”