Monthly Archives: September 2011

September Blessing

On this day of sky so blue the least, thin cloud seems but a thought, may the Lord’s own hand bless you with peace that stretches from dawn to dusk and lay you down gentle, ready for your rest. On … Continue reading

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Seasonal

Across the way from the beans, entire fields of corn have already been stripped to harvest. Long rows of stubble contour their way around the terraces, the ditches, the woods. Continue reading

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Key Words

I knew as well as I knew my own name that he meant for me to “bring the cows up into the lot” but I was eager to get back to fishing. So, I did what he said instead of what he meant and hurried back to the pond. Not thirty minutes later I was wishing that I had done otherwise. Continue reading

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When/When Solutions

Many of life’s little conflicts can be resolved when people are more interested in making things work than they are in making them difficult. Working things out is always greater honor to those we love than is making a stink in their name.

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Test Ride

My first horse of the summer was only a little bit of a bummer; back in May, I’d paid gaited horse price for a horse that didn’t gait. Since the seller had promised to refund our money if we decided … Continue reading

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Marriage Counseling at Haven Hill

They come to us

in the pain of betrayal and guilt,

hurt and anger,

wondering what hope there is

that a thing this broken

can be made whole again
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Tension

There has always been a struggle between the spirit and the flesh. Well, there has always been that struggle for those who do something other than just let the flesh take control. In that case, there’s no struggle. Maybe a … Continue reading

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Damage Control

The waters ripped chunks

the size of houses out of highways,

washed away sections of road and bridge,

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Beyond the Mist

A slight fog on the first chill night in September hangs a light haze around a bright moon just past its fullness. There is still enough glow to show the full shape of the locust growing outside the bathroom window. … Continue reading

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Gloom, Despair and Agony

It’s true that stuff happens and some of it is pretty awful. Some of it is just unpleasant. And, an awful lot of it is just different from what we’d like it to be. Continue reading

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