in your trembling hands

October evening 2

oh! how full of love
is the world-
our minds sometimes won’t let it just be
quiet and rested
in that knowledge.

But oh yes! that love-
even in the disquiet of our times
even in the anger and hate
and disloyalty, even
in the sadness and grief-
be sure
that that Love is there.

and if you can be very still
for just a moment
you can sense it
and hold it in your trembling hands.

hold it, even tear soaked and weak,
hold it there in
your trembling hands.

morning has broken

sunday morning reflections 2014

morning has broken

early dawns light
fills the morning cove
calling the mists from the water
to rise with the sun

like the first morning

sparkling crystals
cover the morning meadow
fragments of the full frost moon

born of the one light

waking
to the brightening sky
the cove stirs with
wild geese rising

Eden saw play

sound of baby’s laughter
fills the early morning air
joy rises with the sun
*****
Morning Has Broken

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day

Words by Eleanor Farjeon
Music traditional Scottish Gaelic tune

Meet Theo

Theodore Valentine Everett

I am so happy to introduce Theodore Valentine Everett – Theo for short. He is about 18 months old, wire hair dachshund terrier mix and the sweetest thing.

After watching the Westminster Dog Show last week, Bob and I dropped by the local Humane Society. I had looked on their website and told Bob that I thought I had seen our new dog. But I warned him, if he wasn’t there and had already been given to a family, we wouldn’t look at any of the other dogs – we would just go home.

Well, he was there and as soon as I saw his precious face, it was love at first sight! He is just the calmest, most laid back pup – a real cuddler too.

It is so nice to have a little dog in the house again – its been almost two years -and that is too long.

So he is ours and we are his and we are all thrilled!

Preparing the Way

Cardinal in the Snow

I remind myself to pay attention
Should the stones choose to shout out
Or the mountains bow down.
Just in case a triad of angels
Drop by the house for a visit
I keep the sacrament of hospitality prepared.
My eyes are open
Should I need to clothe the naked
Or feed the hungry
Or maybe have occasion to do justice
Or show mercy.
Shaking myself to stay awake,
I have my eyes peeled
For the bridegroom.
Reminding myself
To keep alert
Ready to hear that whisper
Loud as a thunderclap
‘Be still’

*** This a poem for Advent written last year. But as I am preparing for the holidays again, it reminds me to keep prepared in other ways. Things I should be prepared to do each and every day – feed the hungry, clothe the naked, be just, merciful, hospitable. Should you be so inclined, these are the Biblical references: Luke 19:40, Habakkuk 3:6, Hebrews 13:2, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 58:7, Matthew 25, Psalm 46:10