Christian Faith · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Jesus Christ

Books To Feed Your Mind and Spirit

I am often asked for recommendations of devotional materials. Topping my list is Devotional Classics. (I’ve mentioned DC elsewhere on this site but want to reemphasize it and a couple of others today).  I’ve used this book in my seminary and church-based classes on spiritual formation and development in the disciplines of the faith. I have… Continue reading Books To Feed Your Mind and Spirit

Christian Faith · Prayer

Until the Sound of a Mighty Rain…

“Ask for a confirming sign from the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous”–Isaiah 7:11 (NIV) Ahab went out to meet Elijah. The moment Ahab saw Elijah he said, “So it’s you, old troublemaker!” “It’s not I who has caused trouble in Israel,” said Elijah, “but you and your government—you’ve dumped God’s ways and… Continue reading Until the Sound of a Mighty Rain…

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

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

Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Literature · Sanctuary

Unforgiveness: A Loose Cannon Below Decks

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13, NIV, 1984. French author Victor Hugo, best known for Les Miserables and The Hunchback of… Continue reading Unforgiveness: A Loose Cannon Below Decks

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”

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