all these years

all these years
the gift of seeing
how evergreen
branches
frame the stars

During a difficult time with my health, I read:

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness,
and hidden riches of secret places . . .
Isaiah 45: 3 (KJV).

In 2018, I experienced a second major health challenge. Health and chronic illness are my great teachers. I am grateful for my Care Team, and work daily on my recovery, which is going well.

And life has changed, which I accept.

Blogs work so well, and I receive so much from many people.

Thank you.

It is interesting to read some past posts, and remember lessons learned, and apply them again, one day at a time.

The Easter story is real for me. There are losses, and then renewal – not the same for me at this age, or before, but always beauty, hope, and the language arts. I am indeed grateful. There is a lot of rest around my creative work.

I know, for example, that my experience with illness young created deeper empathy, and helped me know how to help my mother in her old age. I had less energy, and sitting with her for hours was something I could do. I am blessed.

So much more creative work . . . in a new way, with help from others.

June 2015 and March 2019
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These are some of the photos I was able to take in 2018 and this year so far, as I began with the camera again.

Lake Michigan
June 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

gratitude

someone helps me
at the library
and I say thank you
then help someone else
at the grocery store

ancient lilacs
cover the graves
Memorial Day

Published in SMILE, edited by Joyce M. Johnson; and Humoresque, edited by Jean Calkins.

trees with full leaves
providing shade
comfort of faith

Time Of Singing
Volume 39 Number 2
Summer 2012

they ask to be
in this poem
daffodils

May 2015 – June 2015
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Ellen Grace Olinger

The photos are from 2018.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4: 7

Psalms of Praise

gold leaves dance
in sun and wind
psalms of praise

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam on water

Autumn afternoon
early glow of streetlights
in town

November garden
fallen leaves  so much has died
a single rose blooms

Published in Pegasus,
SMILE, 
and
The Discerning Poet.

R  estore
E  ncourage
S  ing
T  rust God

REST acrostic poem

Matthew 11: 28 (KJV):  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest

Ellen Grace Olinger
October 2014 – December 2014
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Images: Reusable Art

answers to prayers

answers to prayers
I did not know to pray . . .
verses of Psalms

Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
Psalm 25:1 (KJV)

from May 2012

For my review, now I plan to simply go through my archives, one month at a time. I can copy and paste old posts that I would like to share again. I like the new Gutenberg editor a lot, which gives older work a new life as well.

Blogs are a great way to organize our work. They have also become a journal for me. When did the peonies bloom last year? Did I post this poem before? I can see my heart in this poem, and perhaps could write it better now.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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