Category: Christmas

July Saturday

July Saturday
grey sky and
orange daylilies

This week, Karl and I went to the Habitat for Humanity store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I bought Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace (2016, Zondervan). A beautiful book for one dollar.

Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”

Sheboygan ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores information page at their site.

Some day, I hope to measure some of the cards and prints in my files, from many years.

Then, when we are at a resale store, we can look for frames.

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Christmas Story

Yesterday, I reread the Christmas story from the Bible.

I also read from WinterSong: Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw. This year I wrote a new post about WinterSong: Classic Book.

Two of my poems:

holiness
and humility
Christmas

Quiet Christmas Poetry

different voices
create new songs
harmony

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December Poems and Pictures

C old and time to
O  pen books, new and old
L oved and saved – for a
D  ecember day

COLD acrostic poem

short days
stars brighten
winter sky

almost dawn
small pink poinsettia
waits by the window

reading
the Christmas story
sounds
of carpenters
at work

towards the shortest day
of the year . . .
Light in my heart

New Year’s Eve
nearing the end
of a book
with many more
to read

“For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD:
thou art my trust from my youth.” 
Psalm 71: 5 (KJV)

December Archives
Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

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Classic Book

WinterSong: Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw is a beautiful book.

The hardcover edition was published in 1996 by Harold Shaw Publishers (Wheaton, Illinois). I also have the paperback version that was published by Regent College Publishing (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).

WinterSong is a classic now, and I enjoy rereading some selections each year.

Madeleine L’Engle

Luci Shaw

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endurance and trust

gold hosta leaves
rest on the ground
cover the ground
by the ash tree stump
windows and porch

images of beauty
work complete for a time
endurance and trust
through fall and winter
to spring and summer

When we moved here long ago, a neighbor said, “You learn to save some things for winter.” I love the quiet of late autumn and winter. And at this time, I like the sounds of the outdoor work. People are getting done what they can, and then that work too follows the weather and seasons. Patience.

I think there will be more letters and emails with requests for donations this year. Already a few on our kitchen table.

We plan some donations of Quiet Christmas Poetry. We published the book in 2014, and it is still new.  The second printing of the book was in 2017.  Thank you to GT Graphics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for their excellent work. Perhaps there will be a third printing this year.

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Poems: Nature and Gratitude

late summer garden
and the lake in sun
blessings of friendship

August 11, 2014

barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

Lake Michigan Poems
October 12, 2019

predawn sky
paints a background
for the new roses
in the blue vase

watercolor words
July 14, 2019

sunrise
I watch the sky
and remember poems

sunrise
April 26, 2020

ordering
a Christmas wreath

for my parents’ graves 
even though I know
they are not there

Christmas Wreath
November 8, 2015

S  erene and sure
T  rust
A  long the
R  oad of faith

Acrostic for STAR
December 12, 2014

new year sunrise
light fills
the red poinsettia

January 1, 2020

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