Christian Faith · Nature

Gently Wakened

Oh, how I enjoy being gently wakened by a soft breeze and a sound river of birdsong just as the sun is rising! Our Creator knit us together in our mothers’ wombs and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He delights in bringing this treat of peace and pleasure for our senses before… Continue reading Gently Wakened

Arts and Culture · Flowers · Poetry

“The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

In celebration of all that blossoms in May, I’m posting paintings by the American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939) alongside “flowery” quotes from Emerson, O’Keefe, Okakura and Heine along with a Tennyson poem punctuated by a listening larkspur and a whispering lily. “The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson “Nobody sees a flower –… Continue reading “The Earth Laughs in Flowers”

Music · Nature

The Great Animal Orchestra

Years ago, when my husband Gene and I made our first trek across the country in an RV, we were amused and captivated by the antics of the very social, black-tailed prairie dogs whose communities we encountered while hiking near Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. It broke my heart to hear that these little creatures have now… Continue reading The Great Animal Orchestra

Christian Faith · Jesus Christ

Good Friday

Mark 15:16-32 When you see the nails piercing through Christ’s hands, believe surely that it is your work. When you see His crown of thorns, believe that it is your evil thoughts.—Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Reformation in Germany The spectacle of the crucifixion of Jesus was hideous. No language can express how awful… Continue reading Good Friday

Books · Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Prayer · The Church

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

“The greatest problems of our time are not technological, for these we handle fairly well. They are not even political or economic, because the difficulties in these areas, glaring as they may be, are largely derivative. The greatest problems are moral and spiritual, and unless we can make some progress in these realms, we may… Continue reading Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

Christian Faith

Taking the Initiative Against Despair

“Rise, let us be going” (Matthew 26:46). In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sense of having done something irreversible tends to make us despair. We say, “Well, it’s all over and ruined now;… Continue reading Taking the Initiative Against Despair

Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing

The Fire of Love

Luke 11:33-36 Richard Rolle (1290-1349) writes, in his The Fire of Love, about the spiritual flame that feeds the soul: “I cannot tell you how surprised I was the first time I felt my heart begin to warm. It was real warmth, too, not imaginary, and it felt as if it were actually on fire.… Continue reading The Fire of Love