peace on earth

One of our joys with grandchildren nearby is to attend their school and Sunday School Christmas programs. It seems especially appropriate for children to share the good news of a special child’s birth. We smile at the fidgeting boys and shy girls as they line up on stage to take turns at a microphone. We’re gratified when they memorize their lines and speak (or read) them loud and clear.

But even if they stumble over the words or costumes, the effect is delightful. Our hearts warm to little cherubs softly singing “Away in a Manger” with motions and thrill to children’s choir belting out “NOEL, NOEL” to raise the roof.  A tingling rendition of “O Holy Night” played with color-coded hand bells is simply beautiful to our ears and surely must be to God’s as well. Thanks be to Him for his indescribable gift!

carols sung, bells rung

girl Mary holds baby doll

child’s heart of worship

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Lisa hosts first haibun Monday of the new year at dVerse poetics…come join us!

unfrazzled

 

Grandma, screen-shot-2019-08-09-at-3.48.13-pm
who bore seven children,
rambunctious and noisy,
marveled
over my great aunt,
who raised six children,
so well-behaved
that following a meal
she would direct them
once
in a very soft voice…
they would immediately
clear the table
and
wash the dishes.

 


A quadrille  (poem of exactly 44 words) for dVerse Poets Pub with De.

will you play?

Response to Elsie’s tanka challenge using: prepare & surprises

 

games prepare children

for life’s odd wins and losses

Candyland delight

anticipate surprises

outcomes are all in the cards

 

images

(free clip art)

faith’s holy flame

 

when faith fails,

humanity refuses the Light

rebel hearts and minds

enveloped by darkness

devolve to beasts.

 

seek stranger sex but

cannot commit to love;

civilization crumbles,

children are crushed.

 

when wind blows,

flickering flame will

be snuffed out…OR

burst into blazing torch!

 


Connecting with dVerse Poets for 6th Anniversary and “flicker” quadrille (44 word poem) prompt.

fulfillment

This senryu written in “free” form and linked to CDHK  “no rules” prompt…ironic, because kids need some rules to flourish.

 

years dedicated to

the nurture of children

full life enriched

national day of prayer

Prayer is raising our emptiness to be filled by His presence.

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“O Divine Master, grant
that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love. “ – St.Francis

Lord, i’m just one person
of little position or power,
disillusioned with politics,
wondering how to pray
for this nation and world;

where truth is trampled
justice twisted unjustly;
the violated commit violence,
the bullied become bullies
and sadness spills like rain.

as you offered Yourself
may i give myself fully
to love on your children,
feed the hungry souls,
visit the sick, sad, lonely,

beginning in my own home.

begging for attention

 

lifting empty HANDs

street CHILDren surround stopped car

HUNGry beyond food

 

aren’t we all BEGgars?

reaching out for ful-FILL-ment

hungry for HIS love

 

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Linking with Carpe Diem’s Roadside Beggar