Friday, February 26, 2016


The panic awake
Followed by a listless day
Suggest the return of anxiety
But how and why?
Is this nervousness because
My first book will be off the press soon?
And saying I'm a writer
Will soon have something to show with it

Thursday, February 25, 2016


I woke up this morning
And so have another day
With You, Lord
And with the people around me
A life that is getting busy once more
And so is in need of balance
To keep me grounded
And enjoying what surrounds me

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Writer Moving Forward

The manuscript is together
And ready to be sent away
To begin the journey
Toward publication
Book two reinforces 
The emergence as writer
As the process connects
The many stages that are part
Of the whole endeavour

Monday, February 22, 2016

Old Fashioned Ways

As a form of communication
Begin by spelling words
One letter at a time
A seemingly slow process
Until words become sentences
And sentences become paragraphs
With the mechanics of spelling and grammar
Transforming it into a conversation
Over miles
And over time
As the mail service cooperates

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Telling Your Story

To retell Your story, Lord
With drama and interest
And yet
With accurate facts
The challenge that drives me onward
To keep on trying
How do we keep it interesting
And yet true to the details we know?
I've explored this challenge for many years
As sunday school teacher
And as the children's story teller
In the worship service
But now I need to write it down
To use simply the words on paper
Without the voice or the light in my eyes
To capture attention
But perhaps
An illustrator will come on side with me
To provide the visual impact

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Family Letters

Time and space separates us
But does that have to make relationships
Perhaps they can be rebuilt
Through an old fashioned method
Quickly losing popularity
That could use a revival
As I learn to put words on paper
Day by day


Percolating ideas come up for notice
Before retreating to the background again
To be reshaped by time
Experience then colours the ideas
As it reworks them
Focusing them to a finer point
That finally hits the mark

Friday, February 19, 2016


Finally the writer is trying to emerge
As I sit at my desk each morning
Considering what words
Will find their way 
Into expression through my journal
That records a quiet life
Which walks past deer while the sun rises
Or gets passed by drivers
On my way to the library
And as the writer finds a foothold
My circle of family
May enlarge as I now have the means 
To keep in touch

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thank You, Lord

Spring is growing within me
Even as the snow continues to fall
Piling higher as the plows move it around
But You supply life
And all we need for this life
Leaving me to choose joy or something darker
And as spring grows within me
I choose joy

Catching Up

Suddenly I'm trying to catch up 
With people
Putting words on paper
And sending them forth
To family and friends
A break through the isolation bubble
That has surrounded me for years
Snail mail revival
As I begin to put words on paper
On a near daily basis

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Winter arrived late
And long struggles through the snow 
Are still fresh 
In the memories of my muscles
But the cardinals flash
A brilliant red
And the deer graze in the soft light
Of early mornings
In the peaceful quiet
Of a country road in the city
I must venture forth
To find the restoration in moments

Second Chances

Second chances come frequently
But sometimes the pain runs
A river of lava far below the surface
Radiating damage
Offering little hope for renewal
As the lava erupts gas
And searing heat
That endangers life
Yet hope hangs on
That an opportunity will emerge
To try again

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

With Love

Paper pieces await
Assembly into a gift
Scattered across the desk
Circles, squares, words
To be glued and layered
Onto a card 
For a special occasion

Life Embraced

Life is a joy
When the moment is captured
By living
Expectation retreats
Dissection of "what could have beens"
Are put to rest
And this moment embraced

Monday, February 15, 2016

Not Good Enough

He wandered in 
Begging for food
But refusing
What was offered
My annoyance surfaced quickly
When he continued demanding
While continuing to refuse
The help that was offered
The logic eludes me
And my annoyance rises
As it feels we're being lied to
But why am I annoyed?
Because I reach out to help
But won't help on his terms
When he's refusing
Fresh baked homemade bread
Because he's "on a diet to lose weight"
And yet he says he must have food to eat
When he takes his medicine at 4 p.m


Many small
(And not so small) payments
Result in a home of one's own
Teaching discipline as it's
Gained through patience
And hard work
Going day by day until the
Expense is gone

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Your Word

Your Word Lord, has become so varied
As many people have worked to understand 
And make it understood
Commentaries, translations, paraphrases
And yet the true understanding
Comes from You and Your Spirit within us

Thank You that we can know the truth of You
That leads to belief in You
And a lifetime spent walking with You
Growing closer in love

Friday, February 12, 2016


Snow fell once again
But life doesn't wait for melt
So digging filled time


Some people just leak words
Always coming out of them
Drip, drip, drip
Or rushing in a torrent
While some people need

A space for the soul

Clearance for the imagination




Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Snow settling on trees
As it drifts downward to earth
Filling dawn with joy

Language Woes (Why?)

Why are some things so difficult to learn?
I enjoy languages
I enjoy studying languages
I enjoy working with languages
But my mind freezes 
If I'm called upon to use any language
In conversation
That's not english
I have been looking for a breakthrough
In this area for years
And feel no closer now
Than when I renewed my efforts in french
More than twenty-five years ago

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Music surrounds us 
And plays with our hearts
Music fills us
As we ponder the questions before us
Music flows from us
As we move forward into answers
Music delights us
As a springboard into life

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016

Enjoying Your coincidences Lord
Even yesterday as an unexpected variation
On the church service schedule
Has me now slated to lead
Next week's service downstairs

When I go with the flow of what is
Rather than what I think it should be
Life gets interesting indeed

Through coincidence Jerry came to church
With us because she was working Sunday mornings
And through her we met the Karen community
Through coincidence I began writing
After many years of simply dreaming
And through coincidence
I could soon meet Syrian refugees as well
Even as Missionfest will raise money for
Somali refugees in Kenya to
Enable them to begin their own businesses

Friday, February 5, 2016


Lord, this is a new day
And You have made it
Thank You
It's amazing and yet over it hangs
A cloud that people aren't happy with me
Or my choices
Yet others encourage me to keep going
But this life is a gift from You
And You lead in so many ways
By 'coincidences' that cross my path
And stories that fill Your Word
By invitations that come our way
And adventures of our choosing
Through it all you guide
And I will rejoice in You

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Your Story, Lord

We have Your story, Lord
Written in the pages of Your book
Yet the excitement is often missing
When we remember it
And it becomes distant, cold
As we look for the intellectual knowledge
That misses the heart entirely
Help us find the connection
Back to You
Through Your story


Reaching out to refugees
Is a constant endeavour
One family gets settled in
To a new culture
Or returns to an old culture
When the problem fades away
Only to be followed by someone else
Refugees here in Canada
Refugees in other countries
Somalis into Kenya
Karen into Thailand
Syrians into Europe
The numbers swell due to 
Natural disasters or war
Then shrink as home returns to safety
But many wars are ongoing
Leaving refugees in need 
Of a permanent new home
Lord, may our love be ongoing
As we meet and work with those forced
To find a new country

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


A new bulb
After days of dimness
Illuminates the space on my desk
The warmth of light returns
As this second light
Fills in the lack
Caused by the distant ceiling lamp

Story II

Lord, Your story fills a book
Then overflows it when the details
Light up our hearts and imagination
But so often this story
Remains unpacked 
Stuck between the pages of the Bible
Stuck between the sentences of a sermon
How do we move it onto centre stage
To breathe life back into
Our time on this earth

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Emerging into the light
After a long stretch surrounded by darkness
Dazzles me
Excites my heart
Gushes forth into adventure
As knowledge gives way to
Story that surrounds me
Immerses me
Enlivens me as I walk with You, Lord

Monday, February 1, 2016

Resistance Is Futile

Your quiet voice guides
As Your power provides the means
To move forward into the next adventure
Even when we fear what is ahead


Challenges emerge as
Hope radiates strength to 
Applying dreams to life
Now--yes, beginning now
Growing into new
Step by tiny, little step