Milestones

Jeremiah 30:19a
Out of them shall come thanksgiving, and the sound of merrymakers.

Coming Through

The sun shines on a big geranium
that my husband gave me
for Mother’s Day
and the window boxes of flowers
my daughter installed
on our balcony.
It’s 72º with a slight breeze.
We are becoming settled
even if the house isn’t sold.
We have resumed former activities
and are enjoying planting our new garden plot.
Your presence, Lord, has brought us through.
We give you thanks and praise.

Isaiah 43:2a
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.

Hymn: “Through It All”

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CONTENTMENT

Dear Lord, Our God,
here I sit on the  balcony
of our apartment.
It is 75º: a perfect day!
My red geranium
soaks up the sun.
The floor needs sweeping
where petals have dropped,
but I  don’t know where
the dust pan is.
I know, Lord, I could improvise,
but it is such a good excuse.
We are settling in.
When we go to dinner
we see old friends
and meet new ones.
You hold us up
in the midst of change.

Psalm 89:1
I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

Hymn: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

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SUMMER SOLSTICE

Lord, it is already warm at 6 a.m.
Our garden is blooming
with black-eyed Susan and a rose bush
given to my husband for Father’s Day,
along with begonias and lilies
which were planted earlier.
Milkweed plant, cosmos, and forget-me-nots
in the middle of pink flowers
were already here.
Iris, moved from our house,
three tomato plants, and sunflowers
are coming along.
Our zig-zag path of bark
is studded with weeds
which had been turned under.
A flock of goldfinch flies by.
We are enjoying your wonderful world, Lord.

Matthew 6:28b-29
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you,  even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.”

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WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

It’s hard to believe
when I look at pictures of our wedding
and remember who we were then
and still are now,
but with more rounded edges.
I shake my head and wonder
where the time has gone—
all those years of striving
for one thing after another—
and then I smile
over all the effort expended
and enjoy the present
in this retirement home
which your servants
have created for us.
Lord, it must take patience
as you wait for our eyes
to open to eternity.

Psalm 141:8a
But my eyes are turned toward you, O God, my LORD; in you I seek refuge.

John 17:3
“And this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Hymn: “Open My Eyes, That I May See”

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BIG STORM

O LORD of All,
as we drove to our unsold house
from our retirement home,
we saw trees down everywhere.
We were to meet Diane
to arrange for a sale
of all the household goods
that are left.
She arrived late
due to all the trees
blocking the roads.
It gave us time to rake the yard
of twigs and leaves
and haul large branches to a pile
in the back.
O LORD of All, such storms
remind us that we are not in charge.

Luke 8:25b
They were afraid and amazed, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?”

Hymn: “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” 

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FORTH OF JULY

The rockets’ red glare
on the television this year
was a poor substitute
for the usual celebration
in the park.
Trees down and branches everywhere
in the Washington, D.C. area
from the storm You sent
took the efforts of all the city workmen,
so they put off fireworks.
And people say that our country
is getting hotter every year.
What is the meaning of all this weather, Lord?
We look to you for answers.

Psalm 86:7
In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.

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A BIRTHDAY

Dear Lord,
our daughter’s birthday is today.
We will celebrate it
in this new place.
I’ve made the lasagna
and cookie cake she likes.
I have to find the good dishes.
I haven’t used them yet.
The movers put things
in logical places,
but not necessarily
where I would put them.
It’s fun to get them out again.
The party will be almost normal.
Thank you, Lord, for our daughter
and celebrations that tie us together
and give continuity.

Psalm 69:30
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 133:1
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!