Unfettered Praise

The world did its best to silence the voice of Truth, to silence the purposes of Love, of Life. Yet there they stood, hundreds gathered…each one masked in obedience to man’s law of the day. The players of wind instruments had a measure of freedom…faces bare only when their instruments were at their lips. AllContinue reading “Unfettered Praise”

Taking Down the Tree

Such a glorious thing, that tree that springs up in our living room each December. Aglow day and night it needs none other to bring light into the room. The ambiance feels warmer than a cozy blanket or sweater. It seeps deep into one’s very being…and longings…of past, present, future. Glad ornaments festoon the branches,Continue reading “Taking Down the Tree”

At the New Year

Hush…Stop the noise and listenSilence the numbing soundsGod calls for our attention Let holiness come down Hear Abba’s Words eternal Infusing to our soulsThe Spirit’s holy whisperings Brings life to make us whole Wait upon His strengtheningDeeper to greater need Be still and know that He is God Oh hear Yeshua speak Teach us LORDContinue reading “At the New Year”

This Christmas Day

God Himself put on our skin Knows our mind games, our life race Came to defeat the sin we’re inWalked this dusty earthly placeGives every single person choice Transforms us by His matchless graceDesires we hear, obey His voice Trust and grow in HimOh the thought that God Most High Would care enough to bendContinue reading “This Christmas Day”

The Bluebird

Did a bird in fact flit byBlue iridescence blazing Or was it but a moment’s glimpseMy mind’s eye then amazing Color blazed through gloomy grayOf sky and soul in winter Rarely seen in busy town Mountain birds its kinder Yet blue it flew to bright the dayReminders in my sorrow That gladness pierces even gloomContinue reading “The Bluebird”

Snow Fences

Undulating with the land Lining roads like concert chairsOr spiked hair on shaven heads Stalwartly just standing there Oft’ a perch for falcon’s rest Summer frame for winding vine Holding firm they pass the testBraving weather of all kinds Catching troves of tumbling weeds Flat toothpicks knit in stout rows Cannot bind the blowing windContinue reading “Snow Fences”

Kansas Wind

It skips across the rolling plains Down grassy streams, o’er rippled ponds Bends trees and landscape to it’s will Then swirls away to somewhere Oz Clutching steering wheel tight Rocking through buffeting sounds Will we also fly away Spinning up and round and round To land in someplace OzNo Munchkins seen along this path NotContinue reading “Kansas Wind”

Thanksgiving Thoughts 2022

Transplanted seedlings we were once Or perhaps some started here In this valley verdant greenWith rivers, mountains, trees and streamsDeserts near for those who would Leave this vale where they did start Planting new shoots far awayIn climes calling to their hearts Yet our roots are intertwined No matter how far they have grown NotContinue reading “Thanksgiving Thoughts 2022”

Winter’s Surprise – Haiku

Foggy days and nightsWinter’s dawn brings glad surprise Hoarfrost’s sugarcoat ~~~Thank You, LORD, for the exquisite wonders You have freely given us…the glories of Your creativity! Help us to be ever-mindful of all You have given. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Job 37:10-11 NKJV“By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters areContinue reading “Winter’s Surprise – Haiku”

Light in the Darkness

People slumbered seeking their pleasureWhiteness covered the moon All that was known could cease without measure Darkness persistent, creeping, determinedThreatened to overtake soon E’en in that nighttime light even greater Beamed n’er extinguishedConstraining the darkBrings hope to masses awake from their slumberShines on a weary world stark Come to the Light here in the darknessContinue reading “Light in the Darkness”

An Ordinary Grand Display

Mountains brown like baked potatoes Appaloosa painted hills Higher yet the piney forests Stand snow-flocked, regal, still Golden carpets flutter under Gloried trees yet shedding leaves Fall is falling all around us Winter blowing icy breeze Clouds perform ethereal dances Shapes from white to darkest grey Faint vermillion bands of color Burst from sunlight’s grandContinue reading “An Ordinary Grand Display”

An Early Winter Light

Shimmered light illumines grasses Flowing o’er the mountain plainsAngus cattle dotted masses Stud the glorious morning sceneHoarfrost, snow skiffs kiss the meadows Trees and all above ground things Wear new luminescent garments Ethereal, ephemeral bling Filling space ‘twixt earth and heaven How can one rightly describe Beauty beyond words or pictures Light inviting, “Come abide”SurelyContinue reading “An Early Winter Light”

Extending Grace

{How long the wait, is the cry}{Before things run without a hitch}{Problems popping ceaselessly}{Seem to go indefinitely}{Pulling thoughts around me firm}{I know the answer, indubitably}{If only others would agree}{Work things out the way I see}WAIT! Could it be a larger view Helps reveal a deeper truth Of a picture greater than One’s own mind canContinue reading “Extending Grace”

Bird Psalms

Peaceful silence wakens morn Love’s own Spirit hovers near Offered coos of mourning dovesWhisper holiness most dear Softly comes the serenades Comforting whenever heard Such exquisite joy expressed Humble psalms sung by a birdThen in quiet mountain dark Springs surprise and glad delightJust outside my window frame Owls are hooting in the night On andContinue reading “Bird Psalms”

Mountain Invitation

Mountain meadows turning golden Fall nips with crystalline air Tiny pine trees scattered random March t’wards next Christmas fairRusset cattails border ditch banksGlow in sunlight’s slanting rays Fallen barns heaped in the grassesTestify of bygone days Roadways ever bearing traffic Streaming constant changing times Still the mountains stand steadfastly Monuments of God’s design Rest, indeed,Continue reading “Mountain Invitation”

A Holy Dance

Pirouetting on full point She was a whirling top Held position in her placeUntil the spinning stopped With graceful leaping far from it Arching high into the airFlying free, loosed from her trap Where she had entwined there Such abandon was the danceFrom winding into freeEnergy swirled tightly closeThen flung out joyously Reflection of earth’sContinue reading “A Holy Dance”

Voices

What voices am I listening toDefining life, how I should beNot only in the world around But also what I think of me Do they tell the truthHave you ever heard inside A voice insisting you are small Diminished in some unique wayNot good enough, somehow wrong Just because you’re youWhen I found in ChristContinue reading “Voices”

Jack in the Sunflower Stalk

Jack nimbly climbed the sunflower stalk The prize in sight his aim Reaching long up its full height Plucked a flower head quite clean “Come look and see,” husband exclaimed “He’s grabbed it with his mouth”Us too slow from laughing hardLost pic of Jack going south With a scamper, a victory hopMouth stuffed full withContinue reading “Jack in the Sunflower Stalk”

A Tough Nut to Crack

Imprisoned in a rigid shell Protected from external force The meat, the heart of the nutGrew surrounded very well Defended from all foe Thinking it was self-containedIt realized not the greater strains That exert great pressure Causing change by measure Beyond what it did knowFearful of much transformation Holding sense of stiff controlIt toughened moreContinue reading “A Tough Nut to Crack”

Entrusting with Hope

So many parents share our hurt A child now grown throws us away Rejects love, the blessings given Denying good we’ve brought her way It hurts, LORD, this rejection deep So well You know the pain we feel Shock, confusion settling in Before air clears to see it’s real Now we must forgive ourselvesOf imperfections,Continue reading “Entrusting with Hope”

Visits at the Wood Shop

The old man showed up faithfully. Not a set schedule, unless a project was in the works. Woodworking allowed his strong hands to feel the timbre of the wood, to grow in his mastery of creating, honing and shaping, fitting and joining, sanding and smoothing, then finishing all with protective oil or sheen. All thisContinue reading “Visits at the Wood Shop”

Water Flow

The bubbling stream babbled on Relishing the glorious day Delighted to be waters that Nourished life along its way Slow down awhile the eddy calledCome relax a time with me My waters are serene and calm Currents that flow pleasantly I’ll try, the bubbles sparkled back I’ll flow awhile into your pool Rest a littleContinue reading “Water Flow”

Walking With Hope

We two walked there arm in arm Speaking in low voiceShe allowed me to hold on Surprised me with that choice I saw her there in my dreams Our daughter now estrangedMy firstborn a treasured giftWhom I long to see again Long suffering my heart does yearnFor closeness we once shared Before events of lifeContinue reading “Walking With Hope”

Celebrating Freedom

What joy to live in such a placeThat holds freedom high With gratitude for such a gift Think long what brought it by It is a gift, hard fought and wonA gift through sacrifice A gift to treasure and protectBought with excessive priceFree to live and to thriveTo seek the truth to know Realities ofContinue reading “Celebrating Freedom”