• Just Life

    Praying.

    Hello friends and happy Friday. It’s been another week hasn’t it. There was a point yesterday, and even early this morning, when I thought I might be able to craft a TGIF post that felt relevant … and then I lost the thread. Instead, I have this. I first heard the prayer last night, opening and closing our Women’s Ministry meeting. I love that it speaks to the God I know, and I think it could also speak for anyone who sees the tragedies, grieves them, and seeks a way forward. A Prayer for a Hurting World this is an edited version of a prayer written by Terri McDowell Ott…

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    America.

    As a kid, I loved the 4th of July. potluck cookouts and sparklers. running through the grass in bare feet, and maybe the sprinkler if it was warm enough (many of my childhood memories are from the early 1970’s when we lived in Wyoming … y’all I think it snowed once on July 4th). Later, I loved making plans to watch the fireworks. One summer (early 1990’s), Marc & I took the girls for an overnight to a fancy hotel in town that had great views of the fireworks at Lenox Mall. Two years ago, we had a great time celebrating with Katie and her family (and if you clicked…

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    Another Doorway.

    I know my last post resonated with many of you and I so appreciate your thoughtful comments. It does feel a bit like I’m preaching to choir here; and that is both helpful and encouraging to know we share the same values, and also discouraging to know we also share many of the same neighbors! I know we don’t all share the same faith, but we do share a love for Mary Oliver. This poem was part of my morning devotion on Wednesday and I knew I wanted to share it with y’all. I didn’t pick up on the doorway metaphor until I re-read the words this afternoon. and I…

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    A Monday Haiku.

    blue skies,¬†faces turned upward, feeling warmth return breath prayer: welcome welcome a fresh start. welcome a full week. welcome connecting with friends (near and far). welcome another day of sunshine (we’ve had three in a row and this makes four – the longest stretch of 2020!). welcome a reasonable to-do list. welcome signs of spring. welcome all. What are you welcoming today? Wishing you a lovely week!

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    Poetry Thursday | Faith.

    Yesterday morning, I finished reading WinterSong. This slim volume of writings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw has been a delight; it took all my self-control to savor it slowly, to make it last from Advent, through Christmas and New Year’s and finally, almost Spring. I will set the book aside until December and look forward to experiencing it all again. I try (some days anyway) not to complain about the weather. Recently, that’s been especially challenging; it feels like we’ve had 40 days of rain (interrupted by a little snow), plenty of wind, and temperatures ranging from 20 to 75 … egads! This poem was one of the last…

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    A Monday Haiku.

    morning walk pause, see winter sun pale, shadows, light breath prayer: and this Happy Monday! and if you’re headed back into the routine after a holiday break, I wish you an easy re-entry.

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    Unraveled Wednesday | Thoughts on Angels.

    My knitting is a blob of purple yarn, soon to become a cardigan for Sam, but right this second, while I’m knitting the shawl collar (on a 24″ circular needle), even I have trouble telling what it is. And I’ve been reading some great books lately. I’m now five books through an audio binge of Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series and I just finished Sarah Bessey’s Jesus Feminist. I owe y’all a major update on what I’ve read, but for today, I have thoughts on angels to share. (because it’s Wednesday, and I’m going to find some way to link up with Kat and friends about the knitting and the books!)…

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    Unfolding Light.

    Two weeks ago, a friend from our Friday morning group introduced us to Unfolding Light, a daily reflection written by Steve Garnaas-Holmes. “Unfolding Light is a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, Creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods. In poems, parables, psalms, thoughts and the odd weather report I hope to invite readers into a spirit of presence, compassion, justice and delight.” ~from the About page The reflection from April 5 is one of my favorites. and with a nod to Poem in Your Pocket Day, I’m sharing it with y’all today. Deserted place Leave the noise of the traffic of ideas. Ignore fear’s nicknames…

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    Grateful.

    …for every word that Mary Oliver gave us. Her poems were the first I truly loved. She showed me the importance of paying attention¬†and so much more. Heaven welcomed a new angel yesterday … with dancing for sure. Angels You might see an angel anytime and anywhere. Of course you have to open your eyes to a kind of second level, but it’s not really hard. The whole business of what’s reality and what isn’t has never been solved and probably never will be. So I don’t care to be too definite about anything. I have a lot of edges called Perhaps and almost nothing you can call Certainty. For…

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    A Monday Haiku.

    tucked under the tree twinkle lights like stars above cozy, calm and bright ahhh… a dog’s life! Hope your week is off to a great start – Happy Monday!