Enter my peace.
2:30 p.m. Sunday July 3, 2022. 96F/35C. A walk across sunlit sand garners the attention of a blackfly. It rides in the shade of the cuff of cotton shorts until the walker reaches the cool of a shadow, and suddenly, it flies off. No shade can stop a white shirt and shorts from sticking toContinue reading “It’s a mystery”
1:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2022. 90F/32C. The heat of the day passes by slowly. The feet of the old person do the same. Dense white clouds hang in the sky in a background of brilliant blue. There is cool air in the shade. There are loud flies to buzz in the ears in theContinue reading “Let God be first”
Noon Thursday June 30, 2022. 83F/28C. The sun pours into the hollow, one more day. Every inch of dirt that is not in the shade appears as if it was bleached. Dust kicks up easily and stirs around the ankles. Onion tops are drooping onto the sand, stressed by the heat, even with a dailyContinue reading “A cause to weep”
1 p.m. Tuesday June 28, 2022. 75F/24C. The sweet gum tree really does have the sweetest aroma underneath. Deep breathing under its branches is a daily practice now. Its fruit is still green and swings on the branches up high. The aroma is very mild. As the meadow turns dry, a different species of bugsContinue reading “Keep yourself free from idols”
11 a.m. Monday June 27, 2022. 72F/22C. Time passes more slowly than usual today. It is mid morning, but no horseflies are buzzing. No wasps fly close to the ears to irritate. Patchy clouds float overhead and cool down the mountainside. That small space under the sweet gum tree is still the best location toContinue reading “That’s our God”
10:30 a.m. Sunday June 26, 2022. 82F/28C. After a tumultuous night of moving shadows and calls to prayer and vigilance, the sun rose over the eastern ridge and poured its light into the hollow. The whip-poor-will ended its all night song. Through a screen window in a cabin, a small circle of bare branches allowedContinue reading “He is a God like no other”
12:30 p.m. Friday June 24, 2022. 89F/32C. Despite the intense heat out in the sun, no horseflies are attacking the arms or legs. Bees are quite making up for them by buzzing nonstop. They seem to love producing a great commotion just before the ears. Perspiration begins to bead up on the forehead and makeContinue reading “God does as God pleases to do”
1:30 p.m. Tuesday June 21, 2022. 92F/34C. Four years ago this week, a weakened, disabled old person heaved furniture onto the bed of an old green pickup truck in front of a run down house in the heat and emptiness of a growing city. The drive from town, with stops for rest, took at leastContinue reading “At peace in God”
Noon Monday June 20, 2022. 83F/28C. ARGH! It doesn’t take much walking to feel the sun bearing down. A garden check will be done quickly. Flowers of gold, brown and white are blooming in all directions. Scratchy weeds brush against bare ankles. Those scratches feel like tomorrow’s nonstop itch. A thick squash blossom is inspectedContinue reading “Many questions”
2 p.m. Sunday June 19, 2022. 95F/35C. 77F and shady indoors. The trip to town was peaceful. This being tourist season, the streets were well-populated with roaming pedestrians, RV’s and motorcycles. Locals all avoided the tourist zones, and took well-traveled side streets in their pickup trucks and vans. Roadside stands boasted of fresh blueberries andContinue reading “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you”
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