Or gather into barns

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 When we lived on the farm we always busily canned and pickled our way through the summers. Sometimes we picked blackberries to…

Whiter than Snow

Many year back I heard this ending of a long poem that an evangelist read at the close of his service It has always stayed with me. When I stand in the midst of a farm field filled with snow it feels for the moment like a barren place, forsaken by all life and hope….

The Value of a Single Life

When tragedy or calamity strikes us or when our plans lie in smoking ruins, the sense of futility and loss comes like an unwelcome neighbor to knock on our door. In the words or Robert Burns The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,…

The Grace of Gratefulness Day Three Challenge

When I was small my mother always made me wait till after we had said grace before we ate. In Spanish we would say muchas gracias (much grace).  In my little mind I didn’t quite grasp why, but in the passing years I am learning that the word grace really is at the center of gratefulness….

Today

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 I part the curtain and look out the window again to see snow, not flowers and grass. As I breathe a longing sigh there stirs in me the familiar complaint that I hate the cold and wish…