Category: Love

John One: The Word

And the Word
was made flesh
and dwelt among us . . .

John 1: 14a (KJV)

This week I also read the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. A great blessing, and to also refresh my memory about the history and all the characters in the story. So often I am reading my Bible, and then am inspired to write a post.

These two paintings are by Monet, and courtesy of wpclipart.

Blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger

In Loving Memory

My mother’s passing was in 2004. Life was not always easy for my parents, and yet when I think of them, I think of unconditional love. Poetry is memoir for me. This is a favorite poem. I no longer drive this route, yet memories are as vivid as yesterday. I took the photo this year.

through the Light
of Christmas
I found my way
home

from a hospital
and nursing home
through city and
small town
Main Streets

their streetlamps
with holiday lights

as my mother
was on her way
Home

the time we shared

and still share

Ellen Grace Olinger

Vintage Art and Blog Archives

Reusable Art is another well-organized site, where I enjoy research for images.

A Merry Christmas Sled is by Ellen Clapsaddle.

Poinsettia

I am slowly reviewing my 2019 blog archives.

I love the Lord,
because he hath heard my voice
and my supplications.

Psalm 116: 1 (KJV)

The Sheboygan River
Kiwanis Park
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
August 29, 2019
Photos by Karl

GRACE

gifts of small moments
when I read and write

in the middle of all
that happens every day

in our worlds
large and small

I am more than content
with what I have
and have achieved

goals revised
and rewritten for now

When my spirit
was overwhelmed within me,
then thou knewest my path.

Psalm 142: 3a (KJV)

routine care
and happy to wait my turn
I watch the world go by
and my heart
fills with love

Blessings,
Ellen Grace Olinger

They Can Return

they can return
in new and different ways
some of the things
thought lost

my mother and I were
closer in her old age
though we always loved
language and books

a past illness led to me
simply sitting with her
for hours as that was 
something I could do

conversations
the trust that grows
through decades
of unconditional love

now sometimes
these many years
since her passing
I remember what she said
and the advice still applies

My poem is from May 2019.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Images: wpclipart

Poem and Photos

routine care
and happy to wait my turn
I watch the world go by
and my heart
fills with love

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
November 14, 2019
Photos by Karl

Poems

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

Time Of Singing, A Journal Of Christian Poetry. Fall 2019. Lora Homan Zill is the Editor.

They Gave Us Life: Celebrating Mothers, Fathers & Others in Haiku. Edited by Robert Epstein. Middle Island Press, 2017.

cooler weather and strong winds
all the leaves falling and we see the shapes of trees
light streams into the house as the sun moves south
red geraniums still bloom
October turns to face November

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin
October 2011

reading
in a sunny corner
of the house
I could be
any age

WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading. Winter 2016. Shirley Anne Leonard is the Editor.

Image is from wpclipart.

Poems are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Bible Verse

But as it is written,
eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard,
neither have entered
into the heart of man,

the things which
God hath prepared
for them that love him.

1 Corinthians 2: 9 (KJV)

The Pine Trees are courtesy of wpclipart.