Thanksgiving Grace!

Turkeys, which had been extinct in Maine since colonial days until they were very successfully reintroduced here in 1977, always remind me of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, of hunting with my Dad, of family gatherings, of reading Henry W. Longfellow’s The Courtship of Miles Standish in the 8th Grade, of pilgrims, of funny hats, and of Native Americans sharingContinue reading “Thanksgiving Grace!”

Some Go Down to the Sea

This fisherman, heading for his boat on a dull, blustery, fall day with rising winds and heightened waves, reminds me of Psalm 107 where “Some went down to the sea in ships…” This Psalm lifts us out of our dilemmas and trials by pointing us to God’s sovereignty and redemptive power over all His creation,Continue reading “Some Go Down to the Sea”

The Barn is Full. What’s Next?

Old potato houses and imposing barns contribute to the charm and mystique  of Aroostook County’s farming country. Often in disrepair and forgotten, they still hold treasures, not treasures of harvest but troves of memories and tales of generations of hard working owners. Their emptiness still echoes with laughter of children jumping from the rafters into theContinue reading “The Barn is Full. What’s Next?”

Wherever the Sun Sets…

No matter what corner of the world in which we reside and despite what has transpired during our “today”, wherever and whenever the sun sets, the day’s end is announced by a fleeting but stunningly beautiful, soul-touching pause. Between the busyness of our day’s events and the “coming to terms with” them, the splendor ofContinue reading “Wherever the Sun Sets…”

A Driven Leaf?

Helen Hunt Jackson’s  October’s Bright Blue Weather opines the beauty of October skies: “O suns and skies and clouds of June and flowers of June together,  Ye cannot rival for one hour October’s bright blue weather.”                                                                     My grammar school teacher used this and other poetry to teach us penmanship and literature at the same time. Continue reading “A Driven Leaf?”

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”

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!”