Poems

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday -- a morning poem



Good Friday
Already bells are ringing in memory
and on hills.
The bells are ringing. We remember
on this day Christ died.
No painless death. Not just a passing
in His sleep.
No gentle slipping away
but a gruesome death upon a cross.
Our Christ was crucified.
Can I bear to witness
(if only in my mind)
This willing Lamb who
for my sin,
 died and paid my rightful debt?
I am like the chanting crowd,
Can I see His humble way?
How He takes upon Himself
all payment for our sins?
My heart is touched and broken now
as they lay Him in the Tomb.
What can I do? What can I say
 but “He has died for me?”

CWB
3/25/2016


Monday, March 7, 2016

A Day in the Desert




A Day in the Desert
March 5, 2016


A Day of Friendship


Prayer and Reflection




Observations




Communion



And after Lunch...


Surprises!


And the desert wildflowers were blooming for us!






Looking for tiny blooms...
(Check this site for Wildflower Updates and Information
http://www.desertusa.com/flora.html )











And at our day's end, a beautiful sunset!



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila-- a prayer for a Thursday morning

Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing away: God never changes.  Patience obtains all the. Whoever has God lacks nothing;  God alone suffices. 

Music to meditate with by Jeannie McCoy 


and remember:
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Praying
by Mary Oliver

It doesn't have to be 
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; 
just pay attention, 
then patch
a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, 
this isn't a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak

 and so i step into the darkness that is the beginning of this day.  Butters and i walk into a blue velvet morning studded with stars and i breathe. Again. and i say thank you. Again.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Looking back.... a visit 2013 Hawaii and Noah

Here's a post that never was posted. As i make my yearly visit to my i-can't-really-call-it-a-blog blog... it hits me again how quickly time passes.  This was my visit to Jason and Tiffany when Noah was 4 weeks old.  Soon i will post pics from my recent visit last month... 2 years later. Not only is Noah two now,  now we have added little Kaila to the family (not to mention cousin Wyatt, last year, and Tiff's sister's little Wyatt this year!).  It's so good.  something that strikes me deep as well is near-changeless beauty of Hawaii.  It is deeper each time i visit. I brought more of it home with me this time.

October 2013
In October i had the pleasure of visiting Jason, Tiffany and precious little Noah. 









Thursday, November 27, 2014

Poems within view...

Being in Hawaii surrounded by incredible beauty, makes me see everything as part of a poem.  I wish i could find the words to express this, but until i do, here's a poem by Pablo Neruda that says what i would like to say if i could only find new words.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gratitude

Nothing like Thanksgiving week to get one thinking about Gratitude. I read a poem yesterday by Mary Oliver and am going to use it as a prompts for naming a few of the things i am so grateful for.
What did you notice?

the ocean, misty green, blended into gray-cloud sky
water and sky were one, not two...
of a whole and i was part of it