Category: Contemplation

The Psalms and Hope

As I read through the Psalms for my series at Poems From Psalms And Nature, I remember verses that are familiar.

Two examples:

They go from strength to strength . . .

From Psalm 84: 7 – Post for Psalm 84

. . . all my springs are in thee.

From Psalm 87: 7 – Post for Psalm 87

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morning work
in the kitchen
new primroses
and daffodils continue
past the rain

Ellen Grace Olinger

Seasons

sometimes
it is enough
to simply hold
one of my
well-worn Bibles
and thank God
and then reread
a Psalm I’ve read
more times than
I know and still
discover something
new

Poems From Psalms And Nature

February 24, 2015

We stopped by Kiwanis Park yesterday, and were able to walk on a sidewalk across from the river. Karl took these photos last March.

Along The Sheboygan River
Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
March 24, 2019
Photos by Karl

two poems

some days
I read a little more
with my heart
and let my mind rest

different writers
and their gifts
with many forms

poems, novels,
letters, stories
blog posts

another day
or even year
I will reread and

understand a little
more about craft
and what I learned
from the author

yes, this is the gift
of growing older
all that can be kept
in the heart

grown to new art

Today – still love the mystery of learning. I may read a poet for comfort and wisdom, and later reread and study the craft. “Oh, I see – wonderful.” And meanwhile, a good way to pass the time when I need more rest. Light for a new life-lesson.

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

Poems From Psalms And Nature

February 20, 2020

Ellen Grace Olinger

Images: Reusable Art

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve morning
many cars on the street
we say in the store
this is the place to be
Oostburg Bakery

Grateful for our many years here, a simple day of rest and joy.

Grateful for all the local businesses in our general area and all they add to our community. For all who help others – the kind words, the door held open by someone I do not know, the caregivers and those who need the care, the art, gardens, friends with WordPress. The cooks and those who serve in the wonderful restaurants. So many people.

I want to say thank you.

sun on a painting

sun on a painting
from a thrift store
calls my attention
to look again

over time the picture
may fade a little
and change

become a new version
unique to this home

other days
the sun too bright
and long

I think things through
what can fade
what should stay
the same

December 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Tulip Watercolor is courtesy of Reusable Art.