Hope (poem) by me


Hope is that thing unseen
that bids you to believe
that something else is
just around the corner,
waiting to lift you up
on wings like an eagle.

Hope is that thing unseen
that you don’t know is there
until it is lost
biding it’s time to be
found again and again
remaking conceiving.

Hope waits expectantly
bending lower down with
no weight to carry
you up out of the depths
grabbing its open hand
filling overflowing

like a fountain hope springs.

Puddle Jumping: new life

puddle jumping

“Come on, let’s go back to God.
He hurt us, but he’ll heal us.
He hit us hard,
but he’ll put us right again.
In a couple of days we’ll feel better.
By the third day he’ll have made us brand-new,
Alive and on our feet,
fit to face him.
We’re ready to study God,
eager for God-knowledge.
As sure as dawn breaks,
so sure is his daily arrival.
He comes as rain comes,
as spring rain refreshing the ground.” Hosea 6:1-3 (MSG)

Second puddle jump: new life

No rain, no new life.

This week Easter is a coming. Eggs will hide in grasses grown tall. Baskets will come out of hiding to hold eggs hidden and found. Plastic ovals and eggs dyed gay colors of bright greens, blues, reds, oranges, yellows, and purples found by little hands. Feet pitter patter like rabbits as they run to be the first to find the prize or to gather the most. Baskets are filled with chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, and candy chicks too. Easter has arrived, and it is a child’s delight.


We wear our best Easter Sunday dress. Rainbows of spring color splashed onto finely pressed clothes hung on young skin parade in church halls. Children dance and sing for the coming King.

Jesus. Savior, Maker, Lover, Friend.

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puddle jumping

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To the Life

restless grace

After thinking about what I would be willing to die doing, the only answer to that question, no matter what my calling may be, is to live for Christ. To live is Christ and to die is gain! (Phil 1:21) To the Life!! until death grabs ahold me – for Christ alone I’ll live always. […]

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A Lenten Blessing


On the 19th day of Lent – a Lenten Blessing During this time of Lent, may you meditate on the truth of Jesus – on His life and ministry, leading up to His death, resurrection, and ascension. May you be blessed in being poor – either in wealth or in spirit, for you will receive […]

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Biscuit Communion


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Against the Current

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On being “On Fire”: commentary on believers burning


If you are not familiar with “church talk,” being “on fire” or “on fire for God” is a phrase we use to say we are passionate about God and the things of God, that we have a holy fire raging within us. It is so commonly used that I am not sure people within church […]

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