Category: Hope

Poems From Psalms And Nature: Posts and Pages

My second site is Poems From Psalms And Nature (since July 2010). I have been working to review our series from March 2020 – July 2020. These posts are short selections from the 150 Psalms, with art by many people.

Thoughts, prayers, poems . . .

If you are interested, these are my two recent posts, and you can read/view more from there. My goal is to offer a few moments of beauty and hope.

Blog Collage Three: Garden Photos

The Psalms Series: July 2020 Index and Creative Notes

Thank you and take good care.

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November Poems

ovember
pens to blue skies
ery cold weather soon to
ndure, yet many
oments of
eauty to
xperience
enewal each day

Acrostic For NOVEMBER – November 1, 2011

sitting at my blog
grateful for friends
first snowflakes
gently fall
and rest on the roof

snowflakes (it’s true) – November 12, 2012

earth turned over
in winter fields
yet new green grows –
Christmas wreaths

earth turned over – November 25, 2012

grey beautiful sky
evergreen trees
and short days
soon to be decorated
with holiday lights

two short poems – November 4, 2013

November day
one small flower
in the garden

November day – November 9, 2015

small evergreen branch
apart from its tree
caught by and adding green
to a birch tree branch
with few gold leaves

small evergreen branch – November 10, 2015

snowflakes
floating in the air
separate
together
artists
across places
and time

Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014)

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Classic Book

WinterSong: Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw is a beautiful book.

The hardcover edition was published in 1996 by Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, Illinois). I also have the paperback version that was published by Regent College Publishing (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).

WinterSong is a classic now, and I enjoy rereading some selections each year.

Madeleine L’Engle

Luci Shaw

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endurance and trust

gold hosta leaves
rest on the ground
cover the ground
by the ash tree stump
windows and porch

images of beauty
work complete for a time
endurance and trust
through fall and winter
to spring and summer

When we moved here long ago, a neighbor said, “You learn to save some things for winter.” I love the quiet of late autumn and winter. And at this time, I like the sounds of the outdoor work. People are getting done what they can, and then that work too follows the weather and seasons. Patience.

I think there will be more letters and emails with requests for donations this year. Already a few on our kitchen table.

We plan some donations of Quiet Christmas Poetry. We published the book in 2014, and it is still new.  The second printing of the book was in 2017.  Thank you to GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for their excellent work. Perhaps there will be a third printing this year.

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Poems: Nature and Gratitude

late summer garden
and the lake in sun
blessings of friendship

August 11, 2014

barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

Lake Michigan Poems
October 12, 2019

predawn sky
paints a background
for the new roses
in the blue vase

watercolor words
July 14, 2019

sunrise
I watch the sky
and remember poems

sunrise
April 26, 2020

ordering
a Christmas wreath

for my parents’ graves 
even though I know
they are not there

Christmas Wreath
November 8, 2015

S  erene and sure
T  rust
A  long the
R  oad of faith

Acrostic for STAR
December 12, 2014

new year sunrise
light fills
the red poinsettia

January 1, 2020

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