God’s gift of prayer

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I am grateful for God’s gift of prayer.

Sometimes I think of friends from another time and place; and even though we have lost touch, I can say a prayer of blessing for them.   Perhaps I am being asked to pray.  As I pray the Psalms, I am also thinking of other times and places some days.  Then I look up from the page, and may write a short poem about what is outside the window that moment.

This week I wrote two new haiku and posted them on my primary blog, Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin.  This site grew from there.

Late June

Peaceful Music

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Reflection Seven – New Wholes

As I review this blog, and my writing so far in general, I see themes that repeat.

Some of these are:

Praying the Psalms
Faith
Grief
Illness and recovery
A quiet life
Unconditional love
Eternal love
Love of poetry
Empathy
Nature
Art by others – with their blessings and/or in the public domain (with credits)

My goal is to combine the present tense – life at this time – with reflections.  I like for life to feel whole, to gather the new things and the old things, into fresh bouquets.  And I am learning a new decade, one day at a time, by God’s grace.

Hope the new bouquets are lovely, one post at a time . . .

“In the beginning was the Word . . .”  John 1: 1

Thank you and blessings, Ellen

“beautiful in his time” from Ecclesiastes 3: 11a

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For my 6th reflection, I wish to quote the Bible verse God gave me when I was recovering from major surgery and a chronic illness, in my 40s.  I am 60 now.

This verse is the theme for my blogs.

There is a beauty that only is given from the heart, from how we live.  I saw my mother grow more beautiful as she aged, because she loved others unconditionally and her spirit continued to grow.

Each day a gift, each season in life . . .

The verse is

He hath made everything beautiful in his time . . .

Ecclesiastes 3: 11 a

Photo by Karl.