Glimmers of Grace

Lessons from a Monarch

Lessons from a Monarch

O, Lady! Queen of summer I watch you choose With lilting grace Perfect blossom for farewell kiss. Wings open, close, open, close Say to me Slow down Gaze Breathe. Wings closed reveal etched stain glass Solemn and beautiful as Cathedral windows glowing in sunlight. Yet...

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2018: Beauty of the Dance

2018: Beauty of the Dance

I Immersed in shaft of January sunlight, I open last year’s journal to reflect on what’s gone before. I pull used tissue from pocket, and with breath through nose tiny particles of tissue explode. White fireworks dance in slant of sun in which I sit, rise, fall,...

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Overcoming the Enemy (Part 1 of 2)

O, Lady! Queen of summer I watch you choose With lilting grace Perfect blossom for farewell kiss. Wings open, close, open, close Say to me Slow down Gaze Breathe. Wings closed reveal etched stain glass Solemn and beautiful as Cathedral windows glowing in sunlight. Yet...

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Broken Open

Broken Open

I Immersed in shaft of January sunlight, I open last year’s journal to reflect on what’s gone before. I pull used tissue from pocket, and with breath through nose tiny particles of tissue explode. White fireworks dance in slant of sun in which I sit, rise, fall,...

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Emmaus Eyes

It started in 1983 with a call to the conference center in New Harmony, Indiana, looking for someone to share the drive. “Just one woman from your area,” the registrar said. “K-y-r-l-a-c-h. Patty.” Patty sounded nice enough over the phone—maybe a little spacey—but at...

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Autism Took Us On a Detour

Autism Took Us On a Detour

She stands, eyes cast down, face thin and pale. Mother Mary, who said yes to carrying the Son of God in her womb. The fear! The joy! The expectancy! The submissive spirit, casting reputation to the wind! Nine months to wonder—who will he look like? What kind of...

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The Zeal of the Lord

The Zeal of the Lord

Christmas day has come and gone, but we are still within the liturgical year's twelve days of Christmas. I love these quiet days, past the busyness, to ponder the mystery of the incarnation! I open my Bible to these familiar words from Isaiah 9: The people who walked...

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Do Not Yield to Fear

Do Not Yield to Fear

Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. (Luke 1:30, The Passion Translation) Do not yield to fear. Wind whispers winter, Guns thud in distance, Relationships teeter on brink, And yet…...

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Eden Lost and Found

Eden Lost and Found

Eyes wide open I meditate in kitchen garden, Eden spread out as visual feast. Spiritual eyes weep with what was lost… Joy in simply soaking up beauty of pulsing green growth punctuated by birdsong and riots of color… Ecstasy of sinking into love made visible to naked...

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O Jerusalem!

O Jerusalem!

My daily devotional opened to Psalm 122 this morning. Instantly, I was transported back to Jerusalem. Just three short weeks ago my husband and I, along with a group of 23 dear friends from Bridge for Peace, were walking her streets; walking in and out of her...

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