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”

Distant Light

…the evidence of things not seen. — Hebrews 11:1 I look long into the sky, peering into blue-gray clouds, straining to see past the nebulous,  thick layer into calm space, so wanting to see the flicker-lit night, the distant light that happened in the past, memory from another day, and I find on this nightContinue reading “Distant Light”

Silence Settles Over Me

After the last creak  from the cooling of our home’s wooden  beams, after the cello’s  last note —the deep  vibrato lingering  and then fading as I  metaphorically lift  the needle before  another opus begins — after we have kissed and said our goodnights,  I take in and let out a long breath, releasing  the dayContinue reading “Silence Settles Over Me”

Night Watch

“New Year’s Day is a good time to fix one’s eyes on the only One who knows what the year is to hold.” —Elisabeth Elliot The watch before the dawning  of a new year and the restarting of a rhythm that marks time  with our memories, reminds us  of our place in this world.  Continue reading “Night Watch”

Moonbeams before Dreams

We sit in such peaceful  companionship, silently  admiring the slipper moon,  the glow above the trees  like candlelight as we lift  our eyes to the lunar-hues. Wide awake, too enthralled to go inside, we linger in an expectant wait  like children on the night before Christmas so willing to go without sleep. —C.L. Fisher, OctoberContinue reading “Moonbeams before Dreams”

Redemptive House

In the gray places  of my soul before  I even know to call out, He is there. In the wrestling hour of night, the nudging that keeps me unsure, those times my mind cannot control the volume of thought, when the wave  upon wave of incessant uncertainty pounds me to a shallowness I can stillContinue reading “Redemptive House”

Forgiveness

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.  Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. — Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT How much forgiveness does God extend? I’ve wrestled a lifetime with my own murmurs and grumbles, my selfishness and ego, my failures and stubbornness, and I often wake inContinue reading “Forgiveness”