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”

Commending God

Another beautiful day begins on the Maine Coast, where there is always something old to be taught and something new to learn … Down east accents murmur and drift across the water as this old salt and his unseasoned stern man (maybe father and son) plan the day and begin their work adventure together. DuringContinue reading “Commending God”

Whose Hills These are, I think I know…

  One wonders who the Psalmist was and what was running through his mind when he wrote down the words to this beautiful song:                      I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?        My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)     Was heContinue reading “Whose Hills These are, I think I know…”

Full Sails

   July is a great month for sailing in Maine. Watching sails appear and disappear on the horizon makes one yearn for swift winds and stiff breezes, to hoist sails, and to be propelled into open ocean with its invisible boundaries, clear horizons, distant skies, and the mysterious deep.    The forces that compel usContinue reading “Full Sails”

Morning Prayer

     A new day with its fresh possibilities is best begun with thoughtful consideration of our Great God, whose purposes for us are grand and wonderful and whose thoughts toward us are “precious” and “vast” and more numerous that “the grains of the sea”. (Psalm 139) Praying Psalm 143 is a wonderful way to start eachContinue reading “Morning Prayer”

Peace Like a River

Perhaps you can hear the song rising from the heat soaked cotton fields? I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soulI’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean, I’ve got love like an ocean in my soulI’ve gotContinue reading “Peace Like a River”

Freedom Rings

Nestled in the picturesque Machias valley lies this historic New England village. The Church in this photo played a role in the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War during which local patriots captured a British ship, the Margaretta, took it up Middle River, (foreground) and scuttled it.   New England villages are steeped withContinue reading “Freedom Rings”

Becoming Gold

This Great Blue Heron stood staring into the river for what seemed like hours. He never lost hope as he patiently watched for his meal, and his perseverance eventually produced satisfaction. He is a reminder that patience, stamina, and the confidence of good endings are characteristics of a life of faith. Christian belief is moreContinue reading “Becoming Gold”

Slack Tide

Oddly enough, this canoe facing a setting sun reminds me of two people, my grandmother Viola Bancroft Preble (1886-1973) and Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). They never met but briefly were contemporaries! My grandmother loved to read his poetry to us when we were children. One might question the appropriateness of reading The Charge of theContinue reading “Slack Tide”

The Way forward

The way forward is often uncertain and rarely takes a straight line. Sometimes, we are fine with the routine, the boring, and small pleasures. Sometimes, we long for the sun to brighten the way ahead! But all the time, there are questions lurking about, shrouded in the deep, foggy crevices of our minds. We desireContinue reading “The Way forward”