Category: Gratitude

The Vine


“I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.”

John 15: 5 (KJV)


Images: Reusable Art

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

As Spring Grows From Winter

A short time ago, there were snowflakes on the window screen.  The sun shines now, and already the snowflakes are gone.  There are icebergs along the Lake Michigan shore where we live.  Snow rests on trees that will grow new leaves and on evergreens.

I think of harder years, and the blessings and art that grew from them.

As spring grows from winter, which is also beautiful.


Ellen Grace Olinger