Grains of Sand

  What can be more mind-clearing and reorienting than a brisk walk on a cool fall day to an isolated Maine sand beach where the stark and vast beauty of creation and  the salty smell of the sea mingle with the awareness there is One present who knows and cares and has good plans forContinue reading “Grains of Sand”

Beyond the Glorious

Do you ever wonder what people might be thinking as they sit mesmerized by the rising surf and rhythmic pounding of breakers slamming the rocky coast or by waves gently lapping the shores of an in-land lake or by long, open vistas of plains and mountain and valleys? Do they see beyond the glories ofContinue reading “Beyond the Glorious”

A Treasure Hunt

Maine is a beautiful “kingdom” in a beautiful part of the world. Some of Maine’s allure is buried in Aroostook County’s beautiful, rolling fields which yield their treasures as they begin to produce their fruit: oats and barley, potatoes and broccoli , alfalfa and canola. In Matthew 13, Jesus told a series of  parable aboutContinue reading “A Treasure Hunt”

A Good Harvest

Years ago, and many centuries apart, King Solomon (900’s BC) and the Byrd’s ( a 1960’s band) proclaimed the truth that “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) They were poetically repeating what God had promised Noah in the most ancient of times, “While the earth remains,Continue reading “A Good Harvest”

I Hope You Dance?

Often when gazing to distant mountains, snippets of Lee Ann Wormack’s popular hit song “I hope you dance” pop into my mind. Of course, the song is typical country music genre and is about chancing love. However, the lyrics speak to a hopeful, enthusiastic approach to life in general! A few of the cherry-picked lyricsContinue reading “I Hope You Dance?”

Of God and Dories!

There is something about a dory that lights up the imagination. These little boats lure us to bygone days which have been romanticized and influenced by lore and art. They draw one to Celtic ballads, Irish fiddling, and tales and tragedies of the hard scrabble life of cod fishing on the Grand Banks; They remindContinue reading “Of God and Dories!”

Summer Fun

  James Russel Lowell, lawyer, politician, writer, poet and New Englander, rightfully and wonderfully reminds us of the hope and joy of spring’s renewal with the opening words of his famous poem: “And what is so rare as a day in June?” However, in Maine, (Lowell lived in Southern New England), there is no dayContinue reading “Summer Fun”

Creation Speaks

Another awe filled Downeast sunrise brings thoughts of Creator God and how beautifully He reveals Himself to us.. “For what can be known about God is plain (to people)  because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation ofContinue reading “Creation Speaks”

Fiddleheads and Grace

Eating “Fiddleheads” is a Maine culinary experience which dates back to early Native American days. A “Fiddlehead” is a curled fern frond which can be found for a brief time in the Spring before it unfurls to become a mature fern leaf. Time changes “Fiddleheads” to ferns. Oddly enough, this picture takes me back toContinue reading “Fiddleheads and Grace”

Changing Landmarks

                                   “Remove not the ancient landmark” (Proverbs 23:10) Until recently, the alignment of these chimneys and their mossy roof with the chimney shaped lighthouse in the bay beyond had always been a landmark that caught my imagination. The old chimney is gone! Torn down. Now it has become a reminder of how time may shift ourContinue reading “Changing Landmarks”