In the February garden
the weeds are doing their best
to get a head start.
A crocus is blooming.
Daffodils are six to eight inches tall.
With spring on the way
we can enjoy the effort
made by legitimate plants
to fulfill the gardener’s vision.
And you, O God, as you look down
on your human creation,
do you yet have hope that your dream
for humankind will come true?
As plants green up and grow,
will we finally see the light
and fulfill your expectations?
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
When the disciples left everything
to follow you, Lord, they didn’t know
what they were getting into.
So it is with people even today.
On Sunday our minister
challenged those who were listening
to let God lead them into new adventures.
She challenged not only the youth,
but those of middle age, and older folks.
You know, Lord, that I recently
started visiting people in our
health care center. Can I do more?
I am looking into the possibilities.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Hymn: Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore
Father in Heaven, on Saturday
my husband and I saw the movie
“Heaven Is for Real.”
If what the four year old saw
and described while he was near death
on the operating table is not real,
it is difficult to explain.
At the end the family of the story
was shown as they are today.
The four year old is now a teenager.
At the end of life, Father in Heaven,
I look forward with hope
to being with you forever.
“In my Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”
Hymn: When We All Get to Heaven
Each month, Lord,
the people who live on our floor
of this apartment building,
get together to see
if there are any concerns
that need to be addressed
by ourselves or by management.
One time we reported
the raised edge of a sidewalk
where someone had fallen.
Yesterday we got to chatting about
end of life concerns,
which produced much merriment, Lord.
We are at peace with this possibility.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
Hymn: He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought
O Great and Wonderful God,
we enjoy watching the Olympics
on television. Last night
the amazing feats of snowboarding
and ice skating were an inspiration.
I especially like to watch
the ice skaters as singles and in pairs.
How these young people
push themselves to perfection!
Great and Wonderful God,
you want each of us to
be as diligent in sharing your love
with others so that all may enjoy
a crown in your kingdom.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25:
Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.
Hymn: Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know
While watching television
in the evenings, Lord,
I do needlepoint
to cover a brick,
which can be used
as a bookend or doorstop.
A friend and each of my children
already have one, so
when I am done,
I will put this one
on the give-away table
located near our dining room.
The last one I put out
went right away.
Sewing is better for me
than eating while watching TV, Lord,
and I hope someone will use it.
Proverbs 31:10a, 27:
A capable wife who can find? She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Lord, when I was a child
and we sang, “This is the day
that the Lord has made,”
I thought it meant Sunday.
It was only much later
that someone told me
that it meant every day.
We can rejoice on an ordinary day,
when nothing much is happening,
and on special days.
Even in times of sorrow, Lord,
we find comfort in your arms
and do not despair.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!
Hymn: This is the Day