Tuesday, February 18, 2014

With Happy Thanks for Dorothy

George and Dorothy, many years ago

A dear old friend of ours, Dorothy Waterhouse Smoker, passed away in January and I'd like to honor her memory here.  Dorothy was 97 when she passed and I hadn't seen her in many, many years.  Still, my memories of her are close and vital.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Coming Home to the Farm

We were away from Africa for two months.  It was enough time to do all we did.  Enough time to celebrate Thanksgiving, multiple family milestone's including my mom's 80th birthday, attend fundraisers, speak here and there, connect with donors, revel in family and marvelous friends, work toward a second son's wedding, engage in Advent, give poetry readings, have a Board Meeting, enjoy (and also struggle with) Christmas in America, and finally, wonderfully, to help throw an outstanding wedding celebration.

Careening out of those packed weeks...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Morning

When Baby Jesus was presented at the temple, Simeon, said this of him,

"He is a light to reveal God to the nations."  

A light to reveal God...

Now, that's a good gift :)

Merry Christmas, friends!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Thoughts for Advent: Day Twenty-Four

A Poem for Day Twenty-Four

I cannot do this
I cannot find words
to capture or convey

Language fails 
and I fall silent

In the silence

God incarnate
moved toward me

Be still
with me

And watch
The Light

-lisa, 24 December, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Thoughts for Advent: Day Twenty-Three

A Poem for Day Twenty-Three

There have been moments
I was sure
the earth paused
on her axis

indelible and
eternally bright

Four times I have held
the newest life

Four times I have
peered into a face
I had never seen
but loved instantly
more intensely
than my breaking heart
could bear

And in those minutes
that never never come again
I was won

Charmed completely
I was intrigued by one question

Who are you?

Yes, I know your origin
and who you are to me

Who are you?

On a scale beyond anything
She must have asked the same

This Advent
I turn toward
a face I cannot see
but know I love

My desire is
to be undone

Who are you?

-lisa, 23 December, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thoughts for Advent: Day Twenty-Two

A Poem for Day Twenty-Two

The days wear on

Grinding poverty
and violence beyond comprehension
have brought a darkness
we cannot shift

The pain of ages
and we are broken

It is time now
it is time

The hot pain
wrapped and wracking
threatens to overwhelm

But you are not far away

Redemption is a plot unfolding
A mystery
a promise
a baby

-lisa, 22 December, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thoughts for Advent: Day 21

A Poem for Day Twenty-One

The giving of gifts
is a lovely thing

An artful practice
and kind custom
of affection

The well-chosen token
pleases the giver
and (of course) the one
who receives

But let's be honest

There are times
we find ourselves
at a loss

Out of time
Short on ideas
(not to mention

We follow through
but feel a bit
feeble about
our attempt

It is a rare joy
to choose a gift
so well
we simply cannot wait
to give it

And in this vein
I think of you

The perfect knowing
of our need

The time and thought
in preparation

This gift
It cost you

Yet severity
of toll
did not

Spectacular munificence
on display

Reveled in
the gift
you gave

-lisa, 21 December, 2013