standing in the gap

Uncategorized Jan 15, 2020

“This is not paradise, but we would really like it to be.”  Richard Lints

Throughout Advent I met twice a week with a friend to pray for our families, our church and our fractured country and world.  One of the weeks, as we struggled with the sense of frustration that we...

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sign of jonah

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2020

Near the middle of Matthew’s gospel account, in Chapter 16, Jesus is asked by two separate groups of people to do something extraordinary.  This comes right after the account of Jesus feeding the masses with just seven loaves and a few small fish.  The two groups that approached...

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christmas comes

Uncategorized Jan 01, 2020

Christmas comes.
We count down all the days;
We shop and shop and plan.
We decorate our place
In glistening lights again,
As Christmas comes.

Christmas comes.
We wrap up gifts, surprises
In boxes, paper, bows;
Anticipation rises
Amidst the candles' glow,
As Christmas comes. 

Christmas comes.

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o, holy night!

Uncategorized Dec 25, 2019

At the eastern edge of the estuary
The Widgeon floats and fishes
While Skimmers swoop and dive,
Piercing the smooth surface of the bay
Like the spines of a crown of thorns
Probing deeply through holy flesh
To purest life-nurturing blood;
And not to be counted out,
The Least Terns do their nightly dance,

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Uncategorized Dec 18, 2019

How arrogant to assume
that I'm free to be me,
that I am master of my fate,
scribe of my destiny.

My pride entices me to think
of my autonomy
as my divine prerogative
instead of enemy.

I did not make myself, have no
for my own creation, still
presume that I am free;

but only in submission...

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fox and geese

Uncategorized Dec 11, 2019

The quick brown fox of typing fame
Jumps over a lazy dog;
He uses letters as he goes,
All the letters in English prose,
While behaving like a frog.

A childhood game is fox-and-geese
As taught me by my father;
We'd make a circle track in snow
And cutting paths across we'd go
While chasing one...

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a book on every bed

Uncategorized Dec 04, 2019

The other day my good friend, Donna, told me of an encounter she had in the post office while waiting in line.  She and another woman in the queue were discussing online shopping and kindle readers, and the other woman mentioned that there was a woman in her neighborhood who gives out books...

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family dog

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2019

She warmed me while in my bed I nestled,
Not quite a woman, nor a little child,
As fraught with insecurities, I wrestled. 

With soulful eyes and gentle disposition
Her sojourn in our midst was comfort mild;
She offered me her love without condition.

She grew me up, brought solace to my heart,

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Uncategorized Nov 20, 2019

 You made your choice;
         I made my choice.
                    Your choice did
     not make me choose to love
 you less, but if I choose to question
 you about your choice

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the beginning of you

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2019


The sheets are ironed flat
and warmed in an effort
to make him "as comfortable as possible";
the procedure is routine,
though not his routine, nothing like,
and on the gurney he knows that there is
nothing more that he can do, that nothing
that he's done so far is adequate
to the task ahead.



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