“Blooms” in My August Garden

August has been a blur of blessings: beach, back to school, boy’s birthday, and blooms! As I was rushing to prepare for the first three blessings in the list, the blossoms caused me to slow long enough to drink in a scent, to admire a swirl of petals, or just to splash their leaves with […]

Toys as Garden Art

  I looked out the window one morning to see a soccer ball, like a black and white gazing ball, on the ground beside the garden shed. Maybe because I’d recently been thinking about Basho’s influence on me, the scene inspired this haiku:   A still soccer ball Hiding beneath iris leaves— How I love my boys!   […]

Was Jesus Handsome? Heaven’s Definition of Beauty

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2b Isaiah prophesied that Jesus wouldn’t be physically beautiful. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first read Isaiah 53: 2-3, but I felt its truth in my heart. Would the Servant King, born […]