morning pact

Hello sweetheart, morning time,
let’s wake and start again.
The night is done, the stars away,
the sun is round the bend.
Darling one, the day is new.
Let’s press a gentle print,
and greet the light with gratitude
our windows rosy tints.
And if some cloudy grays arrive
or weary pages penned,
let’s huddle close, I’m here my dear
to help you clear and mend.


The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. – Romans 13:12

image: A child having breakfast, by Amalia Lindgren.

Bunny & Stegosaurus

Grey brown Bunny and green Stegosaurus were an unusual yet true pair. The two were the best of friends and found, unexpectedly, many things in common, such as a love of gardening, funny jokes, and peach ice cream. Though one was rather introverted and the other rather extroverted, they had a kindred sense of humor, and conversed in an open and easy manner about most subjects. They rarely wondered at the other’s meaning or mood, and were comfortable being (necessarily at times) quiet with one another. They also shared a herbivorous appetite, a great convenience not lost on either, particularly bunny, who was a wonderful chef and had longed (before Stegosaurus) for a friend with whom he could dine. One afternoon Bunny invited Stegosaurus over for a salad made fresh from ingredients in his garden. Stegosaurus of course accepted with delight. On his way, he stopped at a nearby spring to fill a medium gourd with cool water for his host and found himself listening (Stegosaurus was an excellent listener) to Mrs. Otter about recent events in the Otter family. This didn’t take too long, and anyway Stegosaurus liked Mrs. Otter’s rolling “r”s when she told stories. Soon he found a good moment to say goodbye and hurried off to Bunny’s. Due to the spring and rolling “r”s, he arrived a little bit late, but that didn’t bother Bunny who knew that though his friend often overestimated the clock, he always spent his time with the best intentions. After a warm welcome and some jokes, Bunny and Stegosaurus decided to eat. Suddenly, while adding the final touches of chive and chopped basil to his beautiful salad, a sinking feeling came over Bunny. He had forgotten plates! Earlier in the week he had leant all his plates to Mrs. Otter who was having a den party for her niece and was short on dishes for the many extended relatives. Oh, how could he serve his beautiful salad to his most important friend with no plates?! He felt flushed and disappointed, his happy plans wilting. Stegosaurus saw the fallen look on his dear friend’s face and asked whatever could be wrong. Bunny explained the problem, but to his surprise Stegosaurus only laughed and smiled. “Bunny,” he said, “I forgot to tell you! Mrs. Otter gave me your plates at the spring. She knows we’re the best of friends and asked if I’d be seeing you soon. I told her I was on my way to our house that very minute and would be happy to deliver them. She stacked them on my back, but your jokes were so funny that they slipped my mind and I suppose they are hidden from view amongst my own plates!” Bunny laughed too, relieved, and stretched high to reach the stack on Stegosaurus’ back. The two friends dished up medium sized portions of salad onto the returned plates and poured cool water into their cups. They laughed and conversed with ease, and after a delicious meal (and a scoop of peach ice cream each), they sat quietly and contently together.


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched….but are felt in the heart.” – Helen Keller

what difference

If we can’t stop the waters,
and swoop the tiny children
from the beach
away from waves of harm,
what damn difference does it make
to pray and preach
on pain and promise?
Why scribble scribe
on the miracle of mercy
or donate dolls and jackets
when your people are drowning?
Literally drowning.
We send checks to .org
and hope they transform
into bread and vaccine.
We squeeze our lids and call you: GOD!
and try to shake the knowing
that something is very wrong,
at least for the night,
pouting in powerlessness.
Really Lord,
what difference does it make?


You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
– Leviticus 19:34

World Vision International:

great room

Create in me a great room
with open walls
and honey pews.
Creak the floors
in a well weathered way
and build a balcony
for Sunday school
and study.
Paint in a basketball hoop
and roll in a piano
next to signs of service
and tables of quilts.
Pull in a coat rack
with many hangers
and put out cake and coffee.
Provide discerning doors
and let in the light
through sturdy windows
so the whole space
is a place
of glad greeting.

pile of quilts2

Let mine be a merry, all-receiving heart,
But make it a whole, with light in every part.
– George MacDonald

Inspired by the fellowship of Olivet
Congregational Church, St. Paul MN.