Category: Generations of Faith

warmth and textures


warmth and textures
of colorful handmade
afghans and blankets
from Bethesda *

I wonder about the people
who made them
stitch-by-stitch . . .
and why they let them go

perhaps a move from
one home to another
and/or a ministry of love
like prayer shawls

a passing to another Place
perhaps . . .

knowing their art
will warm another
and needing no credit

imagine buying such a gift
for a few dollars
and on sale too

* Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Karl

Acrostic for ADVENT and Photos

A  doration and
D  evotion
V  ision of
E  ternity
N  ow in
T  ime

This is a favorite poem, and thank you.

We included this poem in Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014).

These are photos from 2017 – grateful for God’s gifts of beauty.


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One of my treasures from Bethesda Thrift Store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


Lake Michigan yesterday


The light and found art on the wood porch are an inspiration, these colder days.

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Ellen Grace Olinger

The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp

I am reading The Broken Way: a daring path into the abundant life, by Ann Voskamp (Zondervan 2016; Copyright by Ann Morton Voskamp).

This book is blessing me these days; after a year of new losses, challenges, and many new blessings.

Ann’s writing is honest and from her heart.  She writes prose with the soul of a poet – her own special voice.

Her book is also the work of a scholar.  Ann Voskamp has a page for “Bible Translations Cited.”  The Notes for each chapter include references for Bible verses, and many authors.  Some of the authors she mentions are Mother Teresa, Martin Luther, Eugene Peterson, and Elizabeth Elliot.

Ann shares often at her site online.

rain today

rain today
and trees let go more leaves

autumn earth
and roots grateful for rain

autumn years now
and the seasons
are my teachers

grow, rest, renew
each season its
own beauty

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Wood path to the door – 2016


Lake Michigan – October 2016


October 2015

Ellen Grace Olinger