28 April 2016


We are weary, give us rest,
  ignorant, make us wise unto salvation,
  helpless, let thy strength be made perfect
    in our weakness,
  poor and needy, bless us with Christ’s
    unsearchable riches,
  perplexed and tempted, let us travel on
    unchecked, undismayed,
      knowing that thou hast said,
‘I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.’
Blessed be thy name!

- from The Valley of Vision"Fourth Day Evening: God All-Sufficient."

27 April 2016


Now's the time for sitting, spinning,
threads for the finest clothes...
- "Spinning Song from Kashmir"

The choir lyrics from years past echo in my memories.

26 April 2016


But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may exult in you.
12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
    you cover him with favor as with a shield.

- Psalm 5:11-12 (ESV)

In the middle of the busyness, a place to be still.

25 April 2016


you reminded me with your letter about the need to be fully present for both the good and the bad. it's so easy to claim with gratitude the moments we want to savor, but it's harder to want to feel fully the emotions that go along with disappointment or anger.

i struggle with how to feel both - with not stuffing down or negating the emotions that can be seen as negative. there are so many times that i feel like i don't have the luxury to sit with my emotions or feelings. it's hardly convenient.

- from hello there, friend blog 

On this morning, I knew the rare luxury of sneaking out early and sharing moments and sharing life. The struggles still fresh, the unknown still unnerving, yet hope always balm.

24 April 2016


The suspension of judgment is our only hope. I place next to it the benefit of doubt, which I like to call the sacred benefit of doubt. That if we would be kind enough to ourselves and others to stop short of assuming we know or have gotten to the bottom of someone, we could avoid a lot of heartbreak and suffering.
- David Dark in "Attention Collections and Sneaky Religious Stories" by Stephen Lamb in Art House America blog.


A day that began with remembering what I had forgotten and forgetting what I had remembered. A day punctuated with unexpected giving up. And in the end, His grace always remains sufficient for me.


The beginnings of In the Beginning...


a stitch in time.

21 April 2016


A missed opportunity for nap and a house full of folk, the sweetest of blessings, both.

19 April 2016



For consider what great things he has done for you. (1Samuel 12:24)
morning faithfulness
timely phone calls
God's provision
beautiful girls
sweet friends
the message of a single glance
ease around the table
laughing 'til you cry
really good food and really good fellowship
falling in my bed at the end of a very full day


... and a good time was had by all.
(and where I realized once for all, I am too old to stay up that late.)


Steadfast love and faithfulness meet together; 
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground, 
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
Indeed, the LORD will give what is good, 
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness goes before him 
and will make his footsteps into our pathway.
Psalm 85