Category: Contemplation

The Psalms

I pray the Psalms for peace. I look at my blog and am grateful for readers from many countries. And posts from many countries. My father and others in our families were/are veterans. In 1978, I went to Poland with my father. This was for almost a month, with a formal group from UW-Milwaukee. For new readers, and all readers, one of our sites is POEMS FROM PSALMS AND NATURE. It amazes me, through decades of life so far, how the Psalms offer hope. When I am overwhelmed, this practice of contemplative prayer is a source of strength.

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Books and Connections

This post follows my earlier post today, Bloganuary prompt for January 18, 2022.

I received my used paperback copy of Friends for the Journey, by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw – the book I wrote about in my post reading from books. This edition was published by Regent College Publishing in 2003.

Last year, I read A Journey of Sea and Stone: How Holy Places Guide and Renew Us, by Tracy Balzer, which is also a well-written and thoughtful book. You can learn more at her site, Tracy Balzer “carry some quiet around.”

Tracy Balzer begins her introduction to A Journey of Sea and Stone, Why Iona?, with honoring Friends for the Journey. Luci Shaw’s poem, “The Holiness of Iona” is a poem in Friends for the Journey. I remembered Luci’s poem, which helped me begin with Tracy’s book, which I plan to read again. Connections.

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Bloganuary prompt for January 18, 2022

What book is next on your reading list?

The Psalms – from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.

At Poems From Psalms And Nature, you can read/view our series from March 2020 – July 2020.

I began the series on March 17, 2020. I wrote:

As I was praying this morning, I thought I’d read the Psalms again. I read from various English translations. I thought I would simply post a verse or two here from many Psalms. And I’ll add a picture. For this series, I will quote from the King James Version. My goal is to offer some moments of rest, beauty, and hope.

My work with short poems also inspired how I presented these posts.

grey sky
mourning dove
on a birch tree branch

time with the Psalms
a dove on the branch
pictures a poem

And I will continue to write about books I am reading and rereading this Winter.

I am also sharing from Bloganuary posts here at the Psalms and Nature site. Thank you.

Ellen Grace Olinger