Category: Mercy and Gratitude

Creative Author Note: Jill Briscoe

This morning, I am reading Faith Dancing: Conversations in good company, by Jill Briscoe (2009, Monarch Books; Oxford, UK and Grand Rapids, Michigan).

I bought a used copy from Amazon. The book is beautiful. Today I am rereading a few of Jill’s poems. Karl and I have heard Jill and Stuart Briscoe preach at Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin.

So many ways to share books!

warmth and textures

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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 Shop in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Poem from this site on February 7, 2018

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old and new art

old paintings
words from my parents
still encourage me

I rediscovered this poem, as I worked on Large Print Poems last year – a site I began in August 2020.

We enjoy paintings from thrift stores, and also new art from a few ETSY shops online (as one example). I am grateful for all the wonderful posts in my WordPress.com reader.

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LIBRARY acrostic poem

L ove of literature
I nspires countless
B eautiful hours of
R eading many
A uthors, and sometimes
R ereading beloved books
Y early

Ellen Grace Olinger

WestWard Quarterly, The Magazine of Family Reading
Fall 2018

We have bought used books from libraries over the years. I have three novels by Jan Karon from our Oostburg Public Library “A Little Library Growing Everyday.”

Karl took the photos at the Oostburg library in July 2018 and 2019.

Posts in this new series at Poems From Psalms And Nature:

Mercy

Mercy and Gratitude

strawberries

coat from a thrift store

Poetry Book by Madeleine L’Engle

Photo at Home

Thank you

Photo at Home

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo of plums from Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly in town, and tiles from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Sheboygan, Wisconsin – August 2017.

Habitat for Humanity “We build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”

Sheboygan ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores information page at their site.

Posts in this new series at Poems From Psalms And Nature:

Mercy

Mercy and Gratitude

strawberries

coat from a thrift store

Poetry Book by Madeleine L’Engle