There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens: A time to hire, revive church community in worship, music, Bible study and visits; my time to retire, give more volunteer time, let the Senior Center Rest In Peace. Tearful times in our kids’ absence, smiles when Dave’s job brought him back monthly to Maryland, more smiles on spring break in Oregon and another great summer parenting Judah. In writing, times to search for words, themes, stories, then to give up searching; times to keep revising and submitting, also some times to discard, abandon, delete. Times to speak, to embrace after walks, swims, Penn State Intervarsity Reunion, the cabin at Martinek; times to be silent, refrain from embracing, still communing with God and each other.
Please conceive a poem in me I prayed to You, Eternal Love. Cinquains came, then Your Fire inspired free verse like votive candles here and there with family in Greenbelt, Blacksburg, Broken Arrow, Texarkana, Boulder, Denver, Grand Rapids and Lansing. Love Light, how You shone in celebrations for the lives of Johnie Wilson, Bill Ribbens, Annie Mae Ballou and Myrtle Pippin! Peace Beacon, how You gleamed in daycare kids’ senior center visits, on women’s nights out with church friends, at homes, churches, lakes, trails, pools, museums, so many places making memories with Judah!
Highlights of the Months October— Jacksonville weekend with Jim November— Senior Sunday with Dante & Jackie Venegas December— Dayspring Advent Ember Day January— Church van trip with ten seniors February— Ash Wednesday supper and service March— Bright Beginnings Day Care Easter Program April— Walk on Coolidge track with seven seniors May— Being still in eye of poemstorm June— Mom & Dad’s 60th anniversary celebration July— Good times with Judah in MD, DC and NH August— Boulder week with Jean and Judah September— Chincoteague weekend with Jim
Slept as well twelve October nights in the little house on the Big Island as back home in Greenbelt. Thank You always thank You Creator Sustainer. Wrote prayers and poems for that Hawaii trip celebrating Judah’s birthday with his Kona Pacific School friends; for times with pastor friend Paula, Michigan relatives, and authors at the Festival of Faith and Writing; for Blacksburg trips, especially in August with Judah and all the days between, at Dayspring or at home. Praise You always praise You Truth Spirit. Walked joyfully with church friends in DC Walkathon; with senior center friends at Sligo Creek now that I was back as activity director; around the lake alone, with Jim, with Judah then Jean who came for a summer visit. Love You always love You Brother Jesus.