• rain, summer, cool, pacific northwest
    Culture,  Faith,  Freedom,  Scripture,  Systemic Racism

    Cool June Days

    I dedicate this post to Rev. Joshua Dunham, our former Associate Pastor and Youth Leader. Joshua brought light and understanding to the words of Micah 6:8 in a sermon a few years ago. Since then, I have read it, studied it, and prayed on it. God bless you, Joshua! These are cool June days. First thing each morning, our black Bombay kitty, Ignatz aka Iggy, cries to go outside. He doesn’t like being indoors, but he complies with our nightly wishes to stay in. Depending on the weather, he may change his mind. Today and for the lasts few days the morning air is cool, the sky gray. Occasionally, a…

  • center, clematis center, flower center, purple clematis, purple clematis with white center
    Christian Life,  Faith,  Mental Health,  Pandemic

    The Center

    Like storm clouds gathering, I felt the darkness creeping in the last couple of weeks. I fought hard to stave it off. Yet, it’s a battle I wage from time to time.  Just as I sensed clarity and brightness in my well-being, the world fell victim to COVID-19. Each day’s news included escalating numbers of cases and staggering deaths. No treatment, no vaccine, no real plan for a pandemic. I began to read and listen.   It is a topic hard to push aside. My best try was to take time off from social media and online news. And yet what I’m trying to ignore seeps in.    On May…

  • daisies, spring, summer, Memorial Day, remembrance
    Christian Themes,  Faith,  Love,  Scripture

    Sunday Morning Love Affair

    This post originally appeared in a previous blog, Sowing Seeds of Grace. For a variety of reasons, I found it hard to come up with a new post this week. So, I dug into my old blog posts and found something I enjoyed reading again. The original post was published May 7, 2014. Minor changes were made to the title and text. It began just a few weeks ago. Intermittently they appear together because of his schedule. All are watching with amusement and charmed hearts. He is many years her senior, but they don’t seem to notice. Just the rest of us. This past Sunday was one of the best…

  • tulip blossom, single tulip, alone, out of touch
    Christian Themes,  Faith,  Mental Health,  Self-care

    Feeling Out of Touch?

    Are you feeling out of touch these days? Here in Oregon, our pandemic guidelines label sheltering as “stay at home” since March 23, 2020, “until further notice.” But there are states where residents are no longer sheltering in place, or in what some call lockdown.    But there are some in our communities who live alone 365 days each year. Others live in retirement or assisted living communities and yet live alone. Still, others are, because of disease or illness, isolated from the rest of us.   So, let’s think about feeling out of touch. Even though my husband and I live in the same house, there are times we…

  • April, Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, Woodburn Tulips, tulips, flowers, tractor
    Christian Life,  Faith,  Seasons

    Not the April I Expected

    No, this is not the April I expected. And it’s likely not the April you expected either.    We looked forward to March Madness, an indicator April and spring training are ahead. Golf fans looked forward to the Masters Tournament at Augusta and a chance to see Amen Corner. We wanted to go to church on Easter Sunday. People planned outings to Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm (see image above) for the 2020 Tulip Festival. Sorry, folks, not this year.   This is the first time I can remember Holy Week when we haven’t gathered at our church on Maundy Thursday. Nor gather on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of…

  • lily, white lily, Madonna lily
    Christian Themes,  Faith,  Guest Post,  Poetry

    known in Absence | 180-word poem by Brian Marsh

    Today it is my privilege to host Brian Marsh, pastor of our home church, Moreland Presbyterian Church. In addition to serving the flock at Moreland, Brian is a loving husband and father, musician, poet, comforter, and, in his own words, an all-round troublemaker wherever he is.  This past Sunday Brian spoke to us via Facebook Live Stream on the topic of Known in Absence. Below is Brian’s 180-word poetic version of his message. After reading these words, I was moved to share them here. known in Absence by Brian Marsh the Visions whether from Spirit or screens are nice but the Magic of touch is what my Spirit and senses…