Christmas Changes

Lord Jesus the celebration

of your birthday is coming.

In our new home

we are not allowed

to have real trees.

My husband and I

shopped for an artificial tree

with the lights already on.

We are not allowed

to have lighted candles,

but we have battery lighted

votary candles

which our daughter

gave us a few years ago

as a joke.

In spite of such changes

we will celebrate

the light of your presence

among us. Come Lord Jesus.


John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.



New Year’s Day

Dear Lord, on our first New Year’s Day
in the retirement community
we think back over the past year
with gratitude for your steadfast love.
And what a year it’s been:
Choosing an apartment, selecting a realtor,
downsizing, stirring up memories,
preparing our house to show,
getting out of the way of lookers,
packing, moving, unpacking,L
finally selling our house,
settling in at our new place,
making new friends,
experiencing new adventures.
Every step of the way
your goodness and mercy
followed us as we moved
to our promised land.
For this we are eternally grateful,
O Lord, our sustainer and redeemer.

Psalm 23.6
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.