Hope around the Hedges (Lenten Reflection)

  My life is not a neatly planted hedge of planned events; it is, rather, a messy string of occurrences which the Lord is using to graciously teach me what He wants me to know. Anything that has happened out of my control is still in the Lord’s hands and in His...

Striped (poem)

  Striped   I choke on dust, wreckage of world, and my crushed bones of existence. Painful agonies— what breathing soul is exempt from knowing? While the world continues doubling and halving its joys and sorrows, what of souls doubled over? Lines mark days—...

A Seder Dinner

      A few years ago, I felt inspired to have my own Seder Dinner. I read some materials and planned a whole meal, and invited one other family to join in the dinner. I even bought a special Seder plate for the occasion and goblet for the occasion...

The Making (A Lenten Poem)

  The Making   Scattered, broken particles must be remade after life on earth snaps, crushes each bone, sinew, and organ into first-born molecules   Dust catches in throat— chokes irrelevancy   Smeared ashes reconstruct into wooden cross beams unmade – made –...

How Many Kings (song)

This song below, called “How Many Kings,” is full of so much meaning.  I don’t hear it being played quite as much during the Christmas season, but it’s a lovely one to listen to. Lyrics: Follow the star to a place unexpected Would you believe...

Unwrapped

One year, not too long ago, my kids were participating in a White Elephant gift exchange at a Christmas party. We ended up wrapping a very tiny gift in a small box, and then wrapping that little box in a slightly larger box, and then wrapping that box in an even...

Easter Sunday (poems and songs)

Easter Sunday is a day of celebration and joy. We celebrate the gift of life, Jesus’ resurrection, and the defeat of death!       A Better Resurrection by Christina Rosetti I have no wit, no words, no tears; My heart within me like a stone Is...