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Nick’s Markers

Monday, June 20, 2022 Many years ago, Nick asked what I wanted for Christmas. Knowing that his budget was tight, I suggested some thin point felt tip markers. Surely enough, he came through – not the standard “BIC” pack that I had envisioned, but a fancier “BIC Mark-It” 8-pack of pastel colors. This was soContinue reading “Nick’s Markers”

Little Surprises

I could have looked straight ahead, Or at my phone, Or at the busy people passing, Wondering what was their hurry. Meanwhile, a little seed that had been driven by the wind, Caught in a sidewalk’s seam, Falling into enough sandy dirt to be rained upon, Sunned upon, Had made it’s home. How long hadContinue reading “Little Surprises”

Morning Waves

The window glass revealed leafy branches waving. Simply joyful for the morning light? Cheering new births today? Welcoming new souls to heaven? They swayed gently to wind’s whim, Waving. I lifted the pane, Allowing cool air Into my stuffy sleep’s breath. Good morning, Lord! How was your night?

COME TO ME

Jesus said, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” – (read John 6:35-40) Did you hear that?! “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” All we need to do is to come to the Table, where the Bread of Life is offered. He will not reject us. How loved that shouldContinue reading “COME TO ME”

Where’s the light?

Driving down the street one day in April, I spotted what most motorists probably failed to notice. As seen in the above photograph, an ordinary telephone pole support cable, wrapped in a yellow protective tube had an extraordinary story! With early spring rains, new growth began, including weeds, of course! At the base of theContinue reading “Where’s the light?”

Ashes to Palms

“Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Those were the words I was told to say, as I made the sign of the cross on the foreheads of parishioners who came forth at the Ash Wednesday service. I had not distributed ashes in over 10 years, and I felt both honored and nervous beforehand. How littleContinue reading “Ashes to Palms”

RESURRECTION BLOSSOMS

Two years of pandemic fatigue brings us to welcomed springtime. Two months ago, a strong wind storm knocked over random trees. Two days ago, flowers burst forth on a fallen cherry tree, uprooted and lying on its side! LORD, may we blossom, though fallen, feeling cut off from you, our roots. Two realities shown inContinue reading “RESURRECTION BLOSSOMS”

Perched on Brokenness

Last week’s storm snapped the berry-laden holly tree branch out back. Gazing from my window, I lamented with the tree, feeling broken inside, as well. Beautiful tree, injured by a storm. But, this morning, a robin perched atop the snapped site. She dipped to the branches below, feeding on red berries, Ripened just right forContinue reading “Perched on Brokenness”

A BORDER VALENTINE

On this Valentine’s Day, The fence got in the way Of sharing civil love With the woman on the other side. She holds her baby, approaching “my country.” Approaching me. I freeze. What can I do? Border patrol looks on, ready to intervene. I think they have guns in their jeeps. I turn, shame wellingContinue reading A BORDER VALENTINE

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