Hymn of Grateful Praise

For the beauty of the earth… For the glory of the skies… For the love which from our birth… Over and around us lies… Lord of all to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.   –Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1864 According to Robert Morgan,...

Language Lessons

1. “Would you be willing to speak at our Stephen Ministry meeting?” Linda’s message on my voicemail surprises me. “We’d like you to talk about gratitude.” I have a testimony to prepare for the whole congregation. I have blog posts...

Gifts: A List Poem

“…forget not all God’s benefits.” —Psalm 103:2 a vine— red leaves tremble a wire— two crows snicker lavender floret— purple scent clings to my fingers damp drizzle— magenta dahlias stretch petals to catch rain saffron, crimson, scarlet— fallen...

All This

1. A stranger’s hands dig clay a potter’s hands shape: a teapot, two cups. 2. Rain falls, pools in lakes, streams into rivers. Men clad in jeans and yellow vests bury pipes that carry water from mountain lake to our front yard. Another man, in jeans that need a belt...

A Letter to My Mother On Her Birthday

You know, Mama, I’m probably going to have to send you an email that says, “Hey, go read my blog.” And include a link to this post. And then I’ll have to call you and say, “Hey, did you click that link I sent you?” And you’ll...

Seeing God’s Smile

O give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. —Psalm 105:1-3 God-gifts pour down,...

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