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Seeing Subtleties

Sometimes, when all the color is stripped away by winter, it can be hard to see beauty.  Then we need to look more closely.  Often, we can then see things that we could not see before.  We start to notice subtleties and miracles, we discover mysteries, and our minds calm down and are filled with […]

Ice

Once I wrote: In our culture you have to be intentional to notice creation, and it is important to do so. For if you do not notice something, you cannot appreciate it, you cannot be grateful for it, and you cannot praise God for it.  We, myself included, need to be more intentional to hear […]

To Us A Child is Born!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (Handel’s music ) Today we celebrate the birth of this amazing Christ child and, though there are […]

Mostly Canticles by George van Popta

After being rescued from grave danger, David sang, “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” (Ps 34:3)  Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to praise God in times of joy, trust, confusion, understanding, sadness, and despair.  We pray while we sing and sing while we pray and, obviously, the words that […]

Harvest, Health, and Thanksgiving

We have been busy harvesting these weeks: raspberries, those delicious bits of goodness, as well as endless piles of tomatoes, a study full of apples, pails of sauerkraut fermenting on the counter, crispy fall salads, luscious melons, and so much more. Now that I have better balance, doing all these things is more possible.  We […]

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