Category: Reading the Psalms

Creative Notes and Photos

These are photos from the WordPress.com free photo library. I am beginning to recognize the work of a few artists there, and I learn more every week. Inspiration for the seasons.

This year, I also devoted time to research for the 2020 series at Poems From Psalms And Nature: short selections from The Psalms, with pictures. Now I plan to create a page there with links back to the posts, for new readers and all readers. The pictures for the Psalms series are from different sources.

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November rain

November rain
summer visits to parks
are memories

stored in photos
words
blog posts
archives

as a verse
from the Psalms
stays in my heart
during hard times
stored there
during easier
times

strength and beauty
for the soul

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1 (KJV)

Today – I love our months and seasons.  Some new health challenges this year, and all going well.

Ellen Grace Olinger

The Psalms

The Psalms have inspired many poems over the seasons and years.  I read them for strength, hope, love, and the beauty of language.

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reading Psalms
in the sunroom
fragrance of daffodils

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P romises of
S erenity
A nd
L ove
M editations and
S trength

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rereading Psalms
colors of leaves
a deeper gold

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I wonder how many poems
the trees have given to me

as I pray the Psalms
and read poems by poets

written over so much time
that passes too soon

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clouds with some blue
outside my study window
some days God seems so clear
other days I must dwell more deeply
in my reading of the Psalms

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praying the Psalms . . .
other times and places
cross my mind
and I am blessed
by God’s love
and care
once again

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Thy statutes have been my songs
in the house of my pilgrimage.

Psalm 119: 54 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Poems For My Father

love for you
became her care
until she joined you there
grief gives way to fields and wind
and now I hear your voice again

(Published in Bell’s Letters.)

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rain in dark night
refreshes each leaf
today I think of you
no longer with grief

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I posted my Christmas poem for my father again in December 2017:

A Poem For You (1991).

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In loving memory, for Harold A. Borgh (1915 – 1983).  My father taught history at Wauwatosa East High School.

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Wait on the Lord: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27: 14 (KJV)

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Lake Michigan
June 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

From Psalm 104

Psalm 104: 1 – 2

“Bless the Lord, O my soul.  O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain”

This is the poetry of the King James Version.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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Reusable Art

mid-July

many leaves
and each their own place
on the trees

Keep me as the apple
of the eye, hide me
under the shadow of
thy wings. Psalm 17: 8

my files overflow
and fill old bookbags
with cherished cards
and stories from
many over the years

mid-July
summer seems
to go faster now
all the more reason
to sit still a little more