The Introduction

“Come on, Rocky! Come on!” she cried. “Hurry up!” “No! No!!” he said shaking his head. “But…p l e a s e…this is important!” “I won’t do it,” he said, reluctantly. Grabbing his arms the young girl literally dragged her second grade classmate, his body and feet flailing, his red hair and freckles nearly glowingContinue reading “The Introduction”

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”

Two Sides of One Coin

It hit me like a head-sized bubble one morning. That thing about opposites attracting, people somehow magnetically binding together so strongly one can hardly pull them apart…unless they get backwards. Then their magnetic forces push them apart, not unlike those magnets we played with as kids. A friend recently posted a Facebook comment about positiveContinue reading “Two Sides of One Coin”

What’s the Verdict?

“Boy, my dad is going to lay down the law when I get home. I’m not looking forward to that!” Thirteen year old Jeremy collapsed into the chair, mortified. Not his first time stealing from the Five and Dime, today he was caught red-handed by the store owner. Sitting with the old gentleman in hisContinue reading “What’s the Verdict?”

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”

Love’s Refining

Sanded long with upmost care ‘Til satiny and smooth When a finish was applied Wood grains rose up quite rude Then with sanding once againPressure wielded precisely The wood in places yielded fine In other spots not nicelyStill the wood-smith worked his craft Refusing to destroy it More than just to feed his fire HeContinue reading “Love’s Refining”

The Gift of Irritation

Perhaps we are gifted With a thorn of irritation To help us see within ourselves Our own throbbing situation I wonder why a teller’s stance Never seems to change And sigh deep within myself‘Oh, here we go again!’Pricks of aggravation Settle o’re my countenance Listening to the same old tomeHearing heartfelt elegance Then contemplate whyContinue reading “The Gift of Irritation”