Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Bread of Life


I love bread,
Warm from the oven
Spread with real butter
And homemade raspberry jam.
But this morning I sat on the deck--
The 2nd floor balcony
Eating oatmeal and a biscuit from MacDonald’s.
As I waited for the hot air balloons to rise from the midst in front of the Sandias I contemplated  “The Bread of Life”
Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.”(John 6:51)

“Jesus teaches us, his disciples, that we should look to God each day for the bread—the help and sustenance—we require in that particular day.” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“The Lord’s invitation… speaks of a loving God, aware of even the small, daily needs of His children and eager to assist them, one by one. He is saying that we can ask in faith of that Being ‘that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given’ (James 1:5).”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invites us “to join in the adventure of the earliest disciples of Christ who also yearned for the bread of life—those who did not go back but who came to Him, stayed with Him, and who recognized that for safety and salvation there was no other to whom they could ever go.”

As we looked to the South where the balloons were supposed to launch my husband suddenly gasped!  Two large black balloons were rising noisily from behind us, in a neighbors yard. Soon dozens of colorful balloons were flying silently from the North unexpectedly.
Life is always an adventure. We don’t know what will happen or like the colorful and black balloons, from which direction it will come.

Do we want to settle for the world’s biscuits or do we want to look for and taste the real thing?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In Your Dreams

Cried Brice, as he ran towards the tree
Come and look
At the garden with me.”

 The old owl said, “who?
Brice giggled,
“Not you!”

“There’s a cat, and it’s kitten
Stretched out on a limb.
Here’s a frog eating apples
And there’s juice
On his chin.

Little box turtle
Eating flowers for lunch
Stopped munching daisies
To say “I’ve a hunch.” 

The chickadees sang
Sitting out on the fence
A bird flying  by
Said, “that doesn’t make sense.”

Blue butterflies
Danced in the air
Towards the clouds.
I’ve heard that the butterflies
Do  not like big crowds

A family of owls,
Went to hide until dark.
The toadstools just
Stood there alone in the park.

“OK”, Mommy called
“Now it’s time for your nap”
They begged for a story!”
As they climbed on her lap

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Harvest

Hanging golden globes;
Swelling, rosy cheeked;
Juicy, ripe, begging to be eaten;
Falling to the ground
With a bounce in their step.
Yearning to gather them in,
Savor them.
Our Father
Providing our bounty,
Yearns to gather us too
In His harvest.
Some of us
Are in a pickle!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Overcoming our dragons


















I grew up in a small community whose major employer worked with science. From early childhood through adulthood Science was a large part of my life. One thing that surprised many was that it was a very religious town,

A couple of days ago someone wrote in a town newspaper letter to the editor, “ there is too much road construction here, and too many churches.”

I was taught that there is a God and he used science to create the world. It made sense to me.

The other day I got caught up in a conversation on face book. The subject was do you believe in science or God. Many took offense that I could believe in both.

Another topic was why would anyone prefer an anonymous spiritual being controlling their lives rather than being able to care for their own lives and happiness. Our brains were surely capable of that! 


I am grateful that through all the difficult life experiences I have passed through I have had the comfort of the Holy Spirit to comfort me and guide me through.

Jesus Christ promised, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” John 14:18 He will give us “beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning” Isaiah 61:3. Because Christ suffered the Atonement for each of us, He will not forget us. “Our Savior has taken upon Himself … our pains and our suffering and afflictions so that He can know what we feel and how to comfort us,” said Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.
Knowing that Christ will comfort us can bring us peace and inspire us to follow His example by ministering to others. President Thomas S. Monson said: “Our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.”

“How does understanding that the Lord remembers you bring you comfort?” (Sept. 2014 Ensign magazine)
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Einstein is probably the best known and most highly revered scientist of the twentieth century, and is associated with major revolutions in our thinking about time, gravity, and the conversion of matter to energy (E=mc2). Although never coming to belief in a personal God, he recognized the impossibility of a non-created universe. The Encyclopedia Britannica says of him: "Firmly denying atheism, Einstein expressed a belief in "Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of what exists." This actually motivated his interest in science, as he once remarked to a young physicist: "I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details." Einstein's famous epithet on the "uncertainty principle" was "God does not play dice" - and to him this was a real statement about a God in whom he believed. A famous saying of his was "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Honeymoon

Creeping through the waves
Sifts between our toes
Walking, Laughing,
Sunshine Love

Friday, August 1, 2014

Be Not Afraid


What a crazy world we live in!


The other night my husband I were listening to the news and wondering if the world we live in is worse than any time in our personal existence or if we were just oblivious as we worked through our daily lives. I remember in the 50’s I was afraid to go outside if a plane flew over. Was I afraid of being bombed? In the 60’s there was a lot of turmoil in the world but I lived in an area of the country not affected by it. I lived in the Los Angeles area in the 70’s but the Watts riot was far away and not my problem. Now as I grow older, the world is my campus. Thanks to news coverage, wars, tornadoes and angry people are right there in my living room. 

We often hear about the “seven deadly sins” but do we know what they are?
I read in Somewhere I’ve Read by Lucy Gertsch Thompson 1957

“Seven deadly sins;
Knowledge without character
Business without morality
Science without humanity
Worship without sacrifice
Pleasure without conscience
Politics without principle
Wealth without works

Yes, I agree! Every bad news moment can be attributed to one of these sins.
I am grateful for Jesus Christ and the life he gave for our redemption. I just need to live to be worthy of it.

“[Jesus Christ] is the Savior and Redeemer of the world,” said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency. “He is the promised Messiah. He lived a perfect life and atoned for our sins. He will ever be at our side. He will fight our battles. He is our hope; He is our salvation; He is the way.”

2 Nephi 25:17
And the Lord will set his hand again the second time to restore his people from their lost and fallen state. Wherefore, he will proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men.”

We can all live our  lives, choosing to avoid or help others correct their ‘7 deadly sins.” Bill and Melinda Gates are using their wealth to help others in Africa. People with moral values can run for political office. We can improve our worship by serving others.
Which one will you choose this month?

Hope the rest of the summer is good for you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Debbies words


Building a Home

My life is a six-letter word
I’m excited,
Anxious for my new home;
For the health of my
About parents,
Across the pasture
Our new home smiles
Its toothy grin
Seemingly taking delight
In my 2nd guessing and
Delayed action,
We are
Over budget
Over worked
My Brain goes on overload
At the telephone call,
Another item
back ordered
In tears of frustration I fell into the sagging couch
In my Mobile home
A Hopefully temporary home.
And then he takes my hand,
Puts his head on my shoulder;
And closes his eyes.
My home is a four- letter word