The Keeper

My people were keepers for a reason. The Great Depression left many with little, so the stubborn survivors saved anything useful. Things like bacon grease, ham bones, chipped cups, and cracked bowls. Food scraps, fabric scraps, wood scraps, and tin scraps. Cardboard hand fans and shoes resoled with the cardboard of broken fans. They reclaimed delicate love letters, sturdy Sears catalogs, …

The Keeper

Wiping my hands on a cup towel, I turned from the Alfredo sauce to face Clayton. Looking at his solemnity, I knew I needed to adjust dinnertime. “This money needs to last me all summer,” he said, handing me a fat bank envelope. “I’ve been saving for about a year, and I’d like you to keep it for me.”  As …

Living in Peace

Camak yetser natsar shalowm shalowm kiy batach.   Seven simple Hebrew words. But what do they mean?   Camak – verb – “to lean against, rest upon; to support or uphold.” I immediately envision a ladder, propped against the house in order to bear weight as I climb higher.   Yetser – noun – “a frame, formation; also an intention.” …

Wisdom is believing

  “But if any of you lacks wisdom..” (James 1:5)   Grey hair. A little old man leaning over a cane. Solomon on a throne, maybe?   I don’t know. What exactly is wisdom?   As I searched for clues, something Moses said made me stop and think:   “See, I have taught you statutes….so keep and do them, for …

Waiting on His Presence

  Holy Father,           We exalt You.  We give thanks to Your Name for all the amazing things that we have watched You do.  In perfect faithfulness, You unfold to us plans that You have ordained for us long ago.  That’s astounding!             As we come before You, we ask that our whole family could join with Isaiah to …