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Do You Know Polo?


Do you know polo?
We watched a game on Sunday.
A beautiful day!

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2 polo horses
Looks gray, but that’s just poor photography. It was really a bright blue sky!

Amazing horses
Beautiful, fast, and graceful –
Failed on the race track!

Most polo horses
Were intended as racers,
But didn’t make it.

They are thoroughbreds –
Quick and lean, agile and smart.
Marvelous creatures!

See their potential –
Successful polo ponies…
Purchased, groomed, and loved!

Across the driveway
El Dorado Polo Lake
Home to duck family

They swim unaware
Of the drama in the air:
Score tied five to five.

Celebrating crowds
Cheer their horses and riders
On to victory!

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If you get a chance,
Try to watch a polo match.
Love that horse finesse!

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We returned to the polo area in La Quinta, CA today and watched the groomer shave this beautiful thoroughbred, getting him ready for next weekend’s game.
Bob, my husband, talked to one of the horse trainers.
Bob had a million questions.
So much to learn!
Always curious.

Do you love horses?
What do you know about Polo?

W = Water or Winning?


Day # 23 in my A – Z series on “What Makes Me Happy?”

WINNING

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This election week

Winning isn’t everything

Though it may seem so

What “W” word makes me happy?
You may be thinking winning
Is a natural choice, but it’s not.
Not if winning means isolation and sinning.

Not if building a fortress
To keep others out
Is the winning ticket
To show what we’re about.

WATER

I want to wash the deceit and greed
Out of this world of mine.
We need some soap and water
To help our spirits shine.

I need to share clear and pure water
With friends both near and far.
Fresh water makes me happy.
Come, fill your empty jar.

 

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Just love one another!!

V = Vacations


Day #22 of my A – Z series of “What Makes Me Happy?”

 

VACATIONS

Time off from routines

And a change of scenery

Are good for the soul

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And for the body!

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A change of menu

Foods that taste and look different

Good for the spirit

New places to climb

To take routine off your mind

Are good for the heart

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Family and friends
Sharing stories and good wine
Make life much more fine

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Vacations mean fun
With our son and daughter, too
What is fun for you?

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I love my bloggers
Who take a break to come read
You encourage me

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Vacations are great

They make me happy, and yet

There’s no place like home.

What’s the”V” word that makes you happy?

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(Victory for courageous women…. that was my hubby’s answer!)

Easter Sadness


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I have heard holidays are sad times for some people. There are more suicides near the various holidays each year than at other times of the year. Have you heard that? Have you ever related to such sadness? I’m not THAT sad, but this was not a typical Happy Easter day.

I grew up in a typical American family in the center of California. At least I thought we were typical. Since then I have begun to question what is “normal” – is there such a thing as “typical”? In my world, I Love Lucy and Bugs Bunny made me laugh, Sundays were church and family time, gatherings at our house or at relatives’ homes were the norm for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So, when I found myself in a funk this year as Easter approached and no family was coming to gather, I should not have been surprised, right? Wrong! I was caught off guard! Where is the laughing, carefree Bugs Bunny when you need him?

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Our church hosted a potluck after church today –  Easter Sunday; designed just for folks like Bob and me whose family is a thousand or more miles away. Ham would be provided. Last night I created my favorite comfort food for the occasion- scalloped potatoes Andre’ style. I put them in the garage refrigerator for safe-keeping. I spent an hour this morning up in my sanctuary, as usual, in prayer and Bible Study, in meditation as I listened to the robins singing outside the the window. “He is risen indeed!” Shake it off, Jan! ReJOYce! It’s Easter!! Pick up your music. Pick up your Easter lily. Pick up your spirits. Get to your house of worship!

We arrived at church 45 minutes early to practice with the choir. Surely potatoes au gratin and “Up From the Grave He Arose” would lift my sagging spirits. Oh no! I forgot the potatoes where I had safely stored them in the garage refrigerator last night! A dear friend, Susan, who arrived early to work on the potluck volunteered to drive back to our house to get them. Only five minutes away, thank God! Christian friend to the rescue! God bless her. She put them in the church oven and returned to her seat in the pew just as the service started.

I perused the church bulletin. The songs were not “He Lives!” or “Hallelujah, He is Risen.” Instead, “Low in the Grave He Lay” and “In His Time” with a sermon topic, “Failure.” What? Here I am feeling low, missing family, beating myself up for forgetting to bring the potatoes, and the sermon topic is about FAILURE? I drew a sad face next to it! I was not prepared for a downer message from the pulpit! But then as the service began, we all sang, “He Has Made Me Glad!” and the choir sang, “In Christ Alone/Solid Rock.” My spirits were lifting and I paid particular attention to the words of the next song, “Hymn of Promise,” by Natalie Sleethe. The second verse especially spoke to me:

   “There’s a song in every silence, speaking word and melody;
   There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
   From the past will come the future; what it holds a mystery,
   Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”

What a wonderful segue into the sermon. Listen carefully, Jan. Take your sermon notes in poetry – as you usually do – and see what “Failure,” as spoken by Reverend Jean Johnson, says to you:

Silence is in Failure.
Shouts in Victory.
Resilience lies in Failure –
Lessons there for you and me.

Moral Victory or Losing?
Which lesson do you see?
Is the score the truest measure
Of a win for you and me?

Defeat: Success is gone.
Rationalization: Better now.
Reality: Acknowledgement –
There’s a future – somehow!

Failure feels miserable.
Hope seems surely gone.
But the loss is temporary.
New beginnings greet the dawn.

God doesn’t call it quits.
He fills our loss with LOVE.
His peace is ours eternal;
Ours is Victory from above.

Christ defeated death and darkness.
Shouts of VICTORY ring ever true.
His resurrection is our promise.
Hope rings eternal for me and you.

Amen? Amen!

I drew a cross next to that sad face – and on the other side of the cross, a happy face.

No need to stay in a funk! Listen to the last verse of Natalie Seethe’s “Hymn of Promise.”

“In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity:
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”

Thank You, God. Thank You for Jesus… for His life, His death, and His resurrection. Thank You for the promise of Eternity. Thank you for helping me see You, the source of all life and hope, all joy and peace, all compassion and justice – alive and victorious this day and always. May my life be a witness to the new life You offer. You are new every morning. So am I! Happy Easter!

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The Best Place for Worship


     I worship God in church each Sunday. I take notes as I listen to the sermon, and my filter helps me record the message as I hear it poetically. Here is the sermon as I heard its message today at the Madison Valley Presbyterian Church in Ennis, Montana. Where did you worship God this beautiful Sabbath Day?

 

The best place for worship
Isn’t a temple or a place.
The best place for worship
Is with Jesus, face-to-face.

The temple faced destruction.
The curtain ripped in two.
The holy place was transported
To the heart of me and you.

On the cross Christ made a way
From the temple to us – in love.
His sacrifice was the ultimate path
From earth to our God above.

Inconceivable – to think of God
Letting Jesus die in pain.
But this “failed victim” didn’t fail.
The cross was victory and gain!

The best place for worship
Isn’t a temple or a place.
The best place for worship
Is the divine dominion of God’s grace.

Amen?
               Amen!!

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