Category: Contemplation

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

Trees: Sunset and Sunrise

Yesterday, I listened to music and watched the day end from my study window. Usually, I write about the morning light. I thought about the evergreens and their presence through the days and seasons.

Two haiku from my archives:

treetops
in golden light
sunset

wind uplifting
the branches of trees
sunrise