One December Afternoon

I see skies of blue/ and clouds of white/ the bright blessed day/ the dark sacred night/ and I think to myself/ what a wonderful world… —From What a Wonderful World, George Douglas I saw myself reflected in silver steps like stones skipping across a river, winding up the evergreen, near deep pools of cobaltContinue reading “One December Afternoon”

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”

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”

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”

Colors We Have Wept

I stared long at the denuded  branches, glanced down and lost  count of the striking fire-gold leaves  in piles at my feet. This tree, bare,  bark-splitting, seems to have wept  all of its colors away on this first day  of November 2020 that stands calm  with streaks of titanium-white clouds  like brush marks above myContinue reading “Colors We Have Wept”

Extremes

We cleaned gutters yesterday — pulled pine and cypress needles from the long trays in anticipation  of a coming north-wind storm. It was 90 degrees, but this morning is projected to bring the first drops of ice and rain, following with inches of snow during the next few days.   Such fast change.  I feelContinue reading “Extremes”