I Grieve, I Hope

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I grieve for my mother, but not just the loss of her life.

I grieve the loss of her faculties and strength these many years, when personality and passion grew distorted–swallowed up.

I grieve the loss of time and communication these many months, when distance and disability were roadblocks to even mumbled hellos.

I grieve again for my father, gone now 7 years, but still so present in my heart.

And I grieve for myself and the broken world we share.

I hope for reunion, redemption’s prize,

and I hope for favor in our Savior’s eyes,

and if it were not for hope in eternal things,

the grief for the temporal would be lasting sting, overwhelming already heavy hearts.

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Here in the Middle


Another “middle” one………………..

Originally posted on A p r o n h e a d -- Lilly:

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Time and non-time,

the common and the uncommon, spinning together,

sometimes glimpsed, but often not–

always together, spiritual and material,


God is calling, wanting communion;

it’s a call to communion,

to participate

in all these grace-gifts.

Heaven and earth are tangled, and here I am in the middle,

thinking I am caught only in my own will and experience, when

there is this tugging for the eternal, the mystery–for me and my affections,

and I am off trying to find myself, when

I need only find myself in You.

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In the Middle

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A café and a coffee, a grace moment to think,

to mull,

to pray and toe-tap to piped in jazz,

to stare at an old black and white classic on the muted set, and

it’s a sandwich, sandwiched in between the club and conversation with the girls–this moment of aloneness,

punctuated with caffeine,

cares percolating to the surface.

I am in the middle–one foot here and one foot hereafter, feeling adrift,

longing for what will be, but pegged to the obligations of dirt, H2O, and troposphere

and such,

wanting to stay and wanting to leave, purposed to stay, sometimes tentatively certain of my ever-after hope.

I am standing in the middle–one heart here, one heart hereafter, joy and pain co-mingled in all these between moments.

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Thought for the Day

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“Hi, how’s it goin’?”


My “How are you?”–if it is more than a verbal high-5–opens up the possibility that you might not be well and might have more than 3 seconds to explain the reason why.

And yet, we really don’t want to take that kind of time.

And yet, we don’t want to appear unfriendly.

And yet . . .

so we continue to play a game that no one plays well.

I think we need to come up with different questions.

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We’re expecting again . . .

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Hummer Hokey Pokey

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You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out…

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you put your left foot in, and you shake it all about. ♪♪

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You do the hokey pokey, and you turn yourself around.

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That’s what it’s all about. ♪♪

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Challenge: Rule of Thirds #3

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Challenge: Rule of Thirds #2

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

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Bottoms Up!

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