Still Saturday: Glimpses of Glory


  One of the great gifts of God is the wonder and diversity of the world that is around us. From the book in your hands to the sky above you, the physical world invites amazement. In Romans 1 Paul says that we are without excuse precisely because of the glory that shines forth from everything […]

Dream Poem #4: Dreaming With Darwish


  Well, things have been a bit quiet around here (the blog) for several weeks, and I don’t know where the summer has gone. My daughter is still displaced and dealing with insurance after her house fire. We’ve been working slowly on some house projects, and there have been a few trips out of town, […]

Still Saturday: Magnificently Obsessed

OBSESSED - Buchanan

  Seasons are inherently unbalanced . . . The watchword for seasons isn’t balance. It’s rhythm. We crave balance but need rhythm. For everything there is a season . . . But here’s what I keep trying to say: It’s impossible to pursue anything without forsaking other things. It’s impossible to live in the grip […]

Still Saturday: Longing


; “O God, I have tasted of Thy goodness and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more . . . I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still . . . Give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this […]

Still Saturday: Shut Up


      “Sandra, shut up and vacation!” Orbitz sent me an email with those words in the subject line. “Seriously, get going!” they continued in the body. “Go somewhere!” Seriously, how does one ignore that? We are going to get going for a few days…     “Each of us needs to withdraw from the […]

Still Saturday: It Is Time Now


      Swimming, One Day in August It is time now, I said, for the deepening and quieting of the spirit among the flux of happenings. Something had pestered me so much I thought my heart would break. I mean, the mechanical part. I went down in the afternoon to the sea which held […]

Becoming Mindful in Place: Proof

bluebird papa - THOREAU

    Proof   If I’d not glanced out the window at just that moment, I would have missed the flash of blue against blue. I wouldn’t have seen it dart onto a crabapple branch and then light on the backboard behind the net, unmistakable in its orange vest. I scooped up my camera and […]

Still Saturday – Stay Your Soul


  “Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.” ~Amy Carmichael (as quoted by […]

Live Happy: What Happiness Means To Me


  Every year my heart pounds for our hometown Alpenfest Queen’s Pageant contestants during the impromptu question time. I still remember the question I drew when I ran a bazillion years back: “What does happiness mean to you?” I stammered an answer I’m sure was unintelligible. Afterwards, my mom told me I should have said something like, “Happiness means […]

Still Saturday: Imitating God


  “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Eph. 5:1, NIV). . . . To be an imitator of God, requires that we come to terms with the value of quietness, slowing down, coming apart from the noise and speed of today’s pace, and broadening our lives with a view of the eternal […]