Sacred – Since high school, I have enjoyed early morning time of contemplation before the day begins. In the mid-1990s, I began praying the Psalms. Being here often is also sacred time, as I create and share. As life changes, challenges, teaches, and blesses in new ways, it is a great comfort to have these routines.
cup of coffee
by the water
this day to God
one red tulip
blooms in the hosta border
time alone with God
water birds flying north
stay close to water
“morning prayer” was published by SMILE, 67, 2010; and also in the book Take-outWindow: Haiku Society of America 2014 Members’ Anthology, edited by Gary Hotham.
Over the years, I have worked, and continue to work, in many ways. I have earned formal positions in education (teacher, researcher, professor), volunteered as a Sunday School teacher for 12 years, helped with my mother’s care at her home and shared much time with her at a nursing home, etc. Karl and I helped with a church service in a nursing home for 3 years.
It is good to honor all the ways we work. Creating our posts is good work.
Sometimes REST has been my necessary work, for health.
When she was very old, my mother blessed her caregivers simply by being who she was. She taught me well, about service. She was a distinguished professor and she also folded towels as a volunteer at a nursing home, after my father’s passing and she was retired.