ordinary… mostly

"We have nothing to offer each other, except a haven." — K. Nafziger


December 2016

Fire in the Valley

(A word of thanks to Brother Sun)

Seven billion wait
For you to make an appearance today
Ten minutes for me
Is an extravagant grace

A cruel, wondrous world

This morning at the breakfast table, I heard a plaintive cry and saw a dark shape swoop by the window. A red-bellied woodpecker had come to the end of its life at the talons of a sharp-shinned hawk.



Ornaments of joy

You may have your color-coordinated Christmas tree with classy ornaments. Not us. These are our favorites…

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Heroes of the faith


Job was restored.
Hannah was answered.
Even Thomas got to see.
“Look to them in your arid times!”

Nobody esteems Hagar.
She is forever the slave woman.

But sometimes, it is enough to say
We didn’t die in the desert.

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