Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PAD 23 when blank

When Two or Three

When two or three
get together to honor Christ,
they may as well pull out and extra chair
to remind them that though He is invisible
He is with them.
He promised. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PAD when blank


When she does that belly laugh
Life suddenly seems okay
It makes me smile to hear her so
And ready to face my day

Monday, January 16, 2017

PAD 23 When blank

When I Meet Uncle Bill

When I meet Uncle Bill
I’ll be so happy to see him
and I’ll tell him how Dad
used to always talk about him,
how they would hunt and fish together.
 I’ll tell him that when Dad had Alzheimer’s
he’d talk to me as if I was his brother Bill.

I’ll tell Uncle Bill, “When Dad
was fighting in the Philippines
and heard you were killed in France,
Dad wrote an encouraging letter to your mother
saying that you wouldn’t want her to worry
that it was your duty and no matter how tough
you’d do it. It was the way you were.”

When I meet Uncle Bill,
I’ll tell him I missed knowing him.
Missed having his wife as an aunt
and his children as my cousins.
Missed seeing him and Dad laughing together.
When I meet Uncle Bill,
I’ll thank him and give him a big hug. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

PAD 22 Sharing

Sentimental Value

Sometimes it’s easier to share money
rather than something with sentimental value.
I would more readily give away fifty dollars
than the red-haired doll Mom bought
for a quarter at a yard sale.
I inherited the doll Dad named Gooneybird
and she now sits in my living room.
I’ll have to will her to my daughter
with instructions to keep her always. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

PAD 22 Sharing


S ee how I
H old on to things so tightly
A fraid to let them go.
R emind me, Lord, that
I become stale and stagnant
N ot allowing Your
G oodness flow through like a fresh stream. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

PAD 22 Sharing

Barn Raising

That Kindergarten book guy
grasped reality. We need to go back
and learn the simple things like
sharing our toys, snacks and smiles.

We also need to share each other’s
fears, burdens and responsibilities.
Sometimes our own stuff overwhelms  
and others’ worries slip our minds.

We’ve lost the concept of barn raising.
They used to raise up one in a day
because everyone pitched in.
Sigh. We need to raise them up
instead of burning them down. 

PAD 21 Thinking Out Loud


Sometimes the things I say to myself
aren’t very nice so like a little kid
who tells on her big sister I say,
“Father, tell me to be kind to myself.”