All posts filed under “Poetry

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To A Pensive Pencil

Mother Theresa fascinates me. As such, I have read just about everything she has written or that has been written about her. “I am a little pencil in God’s hands. He does the thinking. He does the writing. He does everything and sometimes it is… Read More

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A Curious Kurios

Curious: strange, odd, unexpected, incongruous. Kurios: Greek word for Lord, master, a person exercising absolute ownership rights. Throughout his days on our strange sphere, those who encountered Him and His manner of life often innately gave Jesus the title of “kurios.” They seemed to recognize… Read More

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The Happiest Hinge

Christ’s presence is the hinge on which all life hangs.  As I have continued my study of Psalm 84, my heart has been stuck on the leading image of the psalmist being content to be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord. The Sons… Read More

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Raised In His Rafters

I love to talk to birds, which I recognize is strange. Whether they are the ubiquitous little brown fellas that hang out on the outside porch at Panera awaiting stray crumbs or the feisty little hummingbirds that nearly take my head off whizzing to their… Read More

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Understated is an Understatement

In an overstated culture prone to hyperbole and hype, the life and death of Jesus is the ultimate understatement. The emanating Creator of an expansive universe limited to a particular time and place. And not just any time and place, but born to a young… Read More

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No Camping

We are not big campers. We don’t own a tent. We barely have enough cheap store brand sleeping bags to keep warm if we were to camp within our own home. In fact, my children are quick to declare that their father is “Indoorsy.” That… Read More

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Faultlines

Southern California sits on hidden faultlines. One would never know that they exist down there, until they collide. What is true of the ground beneath my feet is also true for the heart I carry in my chest. My soul has a complex maze of… Read More

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Cloaked

This week during Spring Break, I donned a bathing suit for the first time in a long time.  Such a daring feat took great courage due in part to the fact that I am an Irish-blooded, fair-skinned sun-burning machine and also to the fact that… Read More

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The Goat Gatherer

Every year, around Easter I get to thinking about the Day of Atonement described in detail in Leviticus 16. The reasons are manifold and obvious as believers are meant to make the rich connections between the elaborate act made by the High Priest to atone… Read More

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________ Friday

We refer to this frightful Friday as Good Friday. Good. When I hear good, I think fine, decent, nondescript. As in the generic, catch-all answer I receive from my boys in response to my motherly after-school questions: How was your day? How did your test… Read More