Category: Reading The Psalms

sometimes

sometimes
it is enough
to simply hold
one of my
well-worn Bibles
and thank God
and then reread
a Psalm I’ve read
more times than
I know and still
discover something
new

Ellen Grace Olinger

Sunday morning

christmas-rose2

“GOD made my life complete
       when I placed all the pieces before him.”

From Psalm 18, THE MESSAGE

I began praying the Psalms in the mid-1990s, in different English translations of the Bible.  My 60th birthday is later this month, and my 40th birthday was in the hospital.

I had earned tenure as a professor in special education earlier in 1993, at NEIU in Chicago.   I also taught Sunday School year-round for 12 years.  My life greatly changed from a public to a private role as a caregiver for my mother.  I could never have predicted how blogging would bring me back to the world.

The Psalms and the Bible as a whole bring all these chapters together.   I read with my heart most of all.   The things I experienced with a chronic illness, and many passings in the family over a decade and more, brought me to a place of deeper trust in God’s plan for my life.

I still ask many questions and wonder, of course, but somehow as I read and reread the Psalms – and usually aloud, sometimes in a whisper – the Peace beyond understanding brings me peace.

My life was broken and God made it complete again, in a brand new way.  My energy level changed and I need a slow pace, but life is good here in this simple world.   I don’t want “the world” but love sharing with all of you here.

This is really how this blog was born.  Blessings for all your hopes too, Ellen

The “Christmas rose” is courtesy of Reusable Art – Breathing New Life Into Old Art.  http://reusableart.com

This is the day . . . Psalm 118

these winds
the second half of July
say that summer is full

and they will gently turn
the pages of each day
one by one

to August . . .

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118: 24 (KJV)