First Love

Sometimes— when the world is on fire, when we melt- down into a desperate stew of raw emotion to the tipping point of ruins and ashes— despair closes over us, but there is hope, full and perfect, constant and beautiful, the Light of the world and Redeemer of all surrendered, and He  calls those whoContinue reading “First Love”

“Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes”

“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” — Luke 1:78-79, NLT There is this melancholy air during the holidays… that bittersweet nostalgia,Continue reading ““Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes””

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”

Hope on this First Day of Advent*

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. — Isaiah 9:2, NLT We wait, look forward, anticipate, and there is a joy in that expectation of what will soon come to pass, but there is also a gloryContinue reading “Hope on this First Day of Advent*”

Before Blooming

Before the bloom there must be  gentle care, a tending to ensure  the heart imbibes nutrients  for strength and growth. There must be life-giving light, the rays from sun to filter through and provide what is necessary to thrive.  The roots need room to push through and find home deep within the soil, far enoughContinue reading “Before Blooming”

Unfurling

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” — Theodore Roenthke I see this blossom each morning unfurling to find the light, reaching out to touch  a ray of sun, warmth  necessary for life; its roots stretch down  into moistened earth  as morning brings on  the day’s thirst.   I complete that same  searchContinue reading “Unfurling”