Memories Remain


I Saw An Eagle Today
Sun is shining; Sky is blue,
Everyone's busy, free moments few. Economy's rising,  dollar holds true.
I Saw An Eagle Today
Church pews half empty, more folks at the store. Few cars on the highway, Been here before.
I Saw An Eagle Today
Some feel lonely this time of  year. Laughter and family, for them, disappear. Doesn't seem right without happiness here.
I Saw An Eagle Today
Why does it seem like the day passed me by? Yesterday’s memories cannot tell me why.
Tomorrow will bring me another blue sky.

I Saw An Eagle Today!
Today, as I left the church service
My eyes were drawn to the sky.  At that moment an American Bald Eagle flew over me. Those who know me have often heard me say,  "Any day I see an Eagle, is a perfect day for me."
The day wore on, blue moments overtook me.
Time and again the picture in my mind Was that of the soaring Eagle.
Early evening approached.
It was then that I realized  I'd had the perfect day Thanks to that beautiful moment this morning.

Where There Is Sadness, Joy

Always Generous, Gracious and Giving

Now she was gone...
I asked her, only hours after Grandma died; “How does it make you feel?” “Like an orphan”, was her answer.  “But Mother”, I responded, “You have us.” “I know honey”, she said. “But this is different.”
Carrying our second child, I was filled with life and annoyed at having to deal with death.  I wanted her to tell me it wasn’t so bad. Grandma was old. Eighty years was a long full life. In a coma, Grandma hadn’t suffered.  I wanted Mother to move on to lighter talk and future plans.  I wanted her to ask how I was feeling today, resuming our daily ritual. She was always the giver. I was always the taker.
Years passed and now Mother was in her eighties.  She shared with me the ominous news that she had found a lump in her breast.  “Mother” I said, “I am absolutely sure that it will not be malignant.”
When the report came back Mother said, “Well, you were wrong. It is malignant and the involvement is extensive”.
Now, I who never wanted to d…

Treasures In Heaven

Where Is Your Heart?

("I should have made that phone call")

Did you offer to release something for the Lenten season this year?  Do you remember what it was? 
 Was it a cherished possession
 you have always dreamed of owning 
and handing down to your children?
 Perhaps it was a particular item you needed 
in order to complete a collection. Was it an object you’ve desired to own for years? Could it have been an item in which you’d lost interest?

In the Gospel of Mark, a man comes running to Jesus,
 kneels down before Him and asks,
“What must I do to get to heaven?” Jesus answers, “You know the commandments, don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, always respect your Father and your Mother.” The man replies,“Teacher, I’ve never broken a single one of those laws.”

Scripture tells us that Jesus felt genuine love for this man and said to him,
“You only lack one thing, go and sell all that you have and give the money to the poor,


“Get that thing out of here and don’t you ever bring a snake into the house again!”
  Turning from  the kitchen sink just as my young son proudly showed me the snake he had captured in a jar, I shouted.
It was the fall of  1964.  I had three young boys under the age of seven and dirty laundry in the laundry room. Now I was being confronted with a snake in a jar. Reality was here to stay.

Our countryside is beautiful today. The joy of living in this wonderful place never changes for me. Snow covered fields have not yet arrived. Even so, the pleasant anticipation of their coming is a given during this precious season in northern Michigan.

There will be no time for me to fix turkey and pumpkin pie this year. With my three boys to keep an eye on, laundry to do, and dishes always in the sink, where would I find the time?
As is often the case, Mother and Dad will rescue me. They will calm our appetites with a bountiful table at their peaceful home. The j…


A love of writing and my search for the meaning in life
 led me to take part in speaking at churches on occasion.
(This is a talk I have shared.)

(Ephesians 4:25 The Message*)
What this adds up to, then, is this. No more lies, no more pretense.

Tell your neighbor the truth.

In Christ’s body We are all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, You end up lying to yourself.
(Ephesians 5:2 The Message*)
Watch what God does,
 and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior 
from their parents.
The question is this. 
Are you a part of the body of Christ? Do you attend church regularly? Do you pray sometimes? (Maybe not as often as you could or should.)
Have you joined a church? Do you sing in church? Do you give your money to the church?