Uncategorized / 05.08.2010

Circle yes or no. The invitation and solicitation wrapped up in one. A little girl's simple, straightforward words to request. To fill a hunger of heart she can't begin to comprehend. So vulnerable and sweet. And so unaware of the precipice upon which she balances. On one side, the rapturous joy of relationship. Cold, confusing rejection on the other. What naivete in the asking. What fearlessness! Time and experience change the words and method. Heart wounds make us careful. But the "yesses" spur us on, giving courage to face the possibility of disappointment. No longer a matter of a passed note and...

Uncategorized / 04.08.2010

I am reading the autobiography of Frederick Douglas. It is a testimony to the indomitable human spirit. The image and glory of God in man even in the most dire and dehumanizing circumstances. The atrocities described in just enough detail to bring evidence agains the horrors and evil of slavery are gut wrenching. Literally. At one point I had to put the book down because I was nauseous. I'm reminded of the hymn "Amazing Grace." It's so familiar it almost becomes mundane to our hearts, so easily numbed by life. A focused attention to the words brings us closer to...

Uncategorized / 02.08.2010

Looking around at ten years of livingDreaming of another life an hour awaySlowerMore peacefulCountryside and quietSome land for boys to run and husband to call his ownCloser to the creation that heals my soul and speaks so LOUD And so softBut where do I start?The leap between this place and there is a canyonDeep, wide and scaryThe details overwhelm and paralyzeCan't life as we know it just STOP, so I can make this happen?Fear creeps in and brings its cousin despairAnd doubt crowds out dreamsAnd I cryDoubtHow to overcomeHow to believe that You delight to give good gifts to Your...

Uncategorized / 29.07.2010

Might my frustration be an invitation to stop and choose "the good portion, which will not be taken away"? Could this anger reveal my fears and misplaced trust in man and the strength of flesh? Emotions . . not good or bad. False or true. But signs, scents. The signature of God on man made in His image. Revelations of my heart. Signposts of my soul. Listen. Pay attention. What is the Creator, Father, saying? Consider the lilies. The stars, turtles, butterflies, moon. Consider silly boy faces, a lover's full eyes. A child's heart needs. Consider full plates, laughter, daughter's song. Life with those loved best. "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."...

Uncategorized / 12.07.2010

30. contrite hearts31. the prodigal's father32. grace bigger than me33. hands that hold the world and mine34. angry words unspoken and heart that looks up35. smiles smiled36. beloved children home safe from summer adventures37. adventures to come38. friends to share them with39. perspective - a true understanding of the relative importance of things...

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