THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Silence is resounding in my ears.
Silence wipes away confusion and fears.
Silence speaks as all nature rings.
Silence breaks as songbird sings.
Silence whispers compassion’s song –
Let’s me contemplate yesterday’s wrong.
Allows God’s grace to fill this space
Instead of wallowing in my own disgrace.
Silence brings new life to God’s Word.
It lets the Holy Spirit speak and be heard.
It opens my heart to name the nameless
And enter their world blameless and shameless.
Open my heart, Lord, in silence to know
All that You’re saying, all that You show
Through challenges booming or hugs soft and sweet.
Help me to hear You in ALL that I meet.
A life that exhibits wisdom
Displays a happy heart
Walks upright and
Knows to listen.
A life that exhibits love
Is pure in motive
Shows compassion and
A life that exhibits joy
Gives generously and
Jan Beekman – 11/16/17
(Inspired by Proverbs 15)
A “Vacation” means to vacate
The work, the folks, the place –
To leave behind the stress and strain –
Get off the treadmill; leave the rat race.
But what if you’re retired
And you like the things you do?
What if you don’t have to work?
What’s a break from routine for you?
A “Staycation” means to stay put.
You don’t have to hop in a car.
You don’t need an RV or trailer.
You can take a break right where you are.
Stay in your retirement spot –
In the beautiful place where you give.
Continue to play with friends each day.
Your Staycation is the way that you live.
Gather your toys and relish your friends.
Invite family to come from afar.
You don’t have to vacate to live the good life.
You’re living it daily – right where you are.
OUT OF ORDER
I look at those little feet
So shaped like my granddaughter’s
And I know this little child
Is hers – and ours – not some other family’s.
His lips are just like his mother’s –
And his nose and eyes are from his father.
He’s a precious child of God.
Why did I worry about his arrival?
Well, he came out of order!
In my day, first the couple married.
Then they lived together, and
Then they started their family.
Today the order seems to have changed.
First – live together, and then
Confirm your love with a child, and then
You might get married – but not necessarily.
The order of things as taught by grandparents
and confirmed by parents in most cases
Is not the order of things in today’s world.
Things are out of order!
However, this great-grandma is happy to be
GG to this precious child – so dear.
He didn’t choose his parents’ order of things.
All he needs to know is love.
Unconditional love and support are yours.
You are a precious, gift from God.
Xander Leland Cantwell –
Welcome to this world.
Your order is perfect-
Not out of order at all.
How could I have questioned God’s timing?
It’s always perfect!
– praising the enhanced Beekman/Cantwell Family
My blogging friend, Russ Towne, wrote and posted the following today:
“Of couples I’ve seen
Way more than a few
Where one is the glitter
The other’s the glue.”
I smiled when I read that
Realizing that I do a lot of glittering
And my dearest friend,
My spouse of 55 years,
Has been a source of the glue
That sticks us together
And has helped this union last.
Yup, it takes both kinds.
Thanks for being the glitter
Right when we needed it, too.
My daddy was right when he said,
“Take this expensive tax deduction
Off of my hands!”
Glitter comes at a price.
I love that man of mine!!
He’s the glue that keeps the lawn mowed
And the glitter that keeps the love growing.
Couples need a lot of both!
Election Day 2016
A day to vote with your heart
Then let the polls determine
Who will be the next leader
Set aside animosity
Let go all bitterness
Put divisiveness behind
Move forward in love
Resist rudeness and rancor
Let common good rule
Walk in civility
Dig deep into diplomacy
Respect and rejoice
In the freedom to disagree.
Now let’s work with the choice!