“……and you say HIS FEET needed the balm more than ours?”


Lenten Journey – Day 32
Biblical Scripture: John 12:1-11 Open Invitation to Join Terri from

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24-Mar-12: John 12:1-11


Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2 There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3 Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” 6 (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8 You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”







“……and you say HIS FEET needed the balm more than ours?”




So did friends all holding hands and sticks and ears and noses

Lean and huff and carry on with guff up this higher hill, this brighter hill.

So did friends all critterly and snorterly topple and bend to toeses

Keen in pain of scratches and scrapes and wounds to water the thrill.



“Oh, Crow, find that oil, that balm, you say Old BeadyEye did spy!”

“Oh, Bluesay Fly!  Buzz over a drop of that healing so rare!”

“Nay, friends and critters and flopping topsies! Oil not for you nor I!”

“Wait, friends, for streams down below!  Oil for feet of THE ONE so bare!”


“……and you say THE ONE never gets stained but walks right here?”


Lenten Journey – Day 31
Biblical Scripture: Hebrews 4:14—5:4
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23-Mar-12: Hebrews 4:14—5:4

14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.

15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.







“……and you say THE ONE never gets stained but walks right here?”



So did friends, all critters and unfolk alike, climb on and up.

So did all ears and Crookeye and BushNose and clutching hands seek again.

“Heighty-ho, sleightly-mo, on and on we go in dust and bramble to sup.”

“Mighty-wo, fighty-no, on and on we go in root stain and clump drain to strain.”


So did all friends march on under wing of Old Crow and Ugly Bird and Fly.

So did all friends tire and rest and mire and best all bars against their quest.

“Look ye, see ye, there is One all shining and clean pushing you bye and bye”

“What mean ye, Old Caw?” None stays clean here!””Oh , Yes, THE ONE does it best!”

“…….and why are we now seeing each other’s hearts beat?”


Lenten Journey – Day 30
Biblical Scripture: Hebrews 4:1-13
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22-Mar-12: Hebrews 4:1-13


Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“As in my anger I swore,

‘They shall not enter my rest,’ ”

though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. 4 For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this place it says, “They shall not enter my rest.” 6 Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he sets a certain day—”today”—saying through David much later, in the words already quoted,

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. 9 So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; 10 for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.

12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.







“…….and why are we now seeing each other’s hearts beat?”



“Oh, now we beezis in the Lightsies, oh now we skippsies alongies,” sang out the friends.

“Oh, hey, oh hi, oh sweetsies byes and byesies!  We Umms and we Ooohs all the way.”

So did the friends make their path all in the light and around so many bends.

So did the friends make their quest all new and fresh and filled with good to say.


“Oh, wait up there, oh see here now!  What, bot, thot, sot! See that red bumping thingey!

“Oh, me, oh my, oh sigh, oh cry! Will we all fall to piecedty mitsies? We see red beating.”

“Ah, rest ye, peace ye, hush ye, dear ones, ” cawed down Old Crow and Ugly Bird wingey.

“Ye must learn now of that cutting Light that shows the hearts of one to all in fleeting.”

“…..are you sure we can find the Light among all this tarnished metal?”


Lenten Journey – Day 29
Biblical Scripture: John 8:12-20
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21-Mar-12: John 8:12-20


12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 13 Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17 In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. 18 I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” 19 Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.








“…..are you sure we can find the Light among all this tarnished metal?”




“So now we gosey calmsey, we stepsey firmsey, you say, dear Crow?”

So did all friends, being critters still, march along a path just right.

So did all folksies hold each to the other round all rocks making slow

And then fast and then quiet on their Babe-sent quest to seek All Light.


“Oh, now what sees here, what spies there, all this rusty-dusty-busty coin?”

“Oh, how blurrsey, how fuzzies this metally petally store could ruinsies the Light!”

“Oh, hop, skip and pop o’er here, ye bumbly ones, “calls down Crow to brace their loin.

“Oh, here, just here is clear path past all junk, past all dimming, to lead us to Bright!”

“……..and you say He will come back even brighter?”


Lenten Journey – Day 21
Biblical Scripture: Hebrews 9:23-28
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13-Mar-12: Hebrews 9:23-28

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

25 Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own;

26 for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment,

28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.






“……..and you say He will come back even brighter?”




All all rest now, all healing now, all helping now before crossing

That wild stream, that most billowing stream, that roaring stream.

All friends using each other in seeing, touching, hearing, tasting the tossing

That journeying quest had brought them, that Old Crow and Ugly Bird did beam.

“Wait, what is that whistley whispering, that bluesy note just yon?

“Wait, hear, did you hear, did you fear that scratching note of bold?

So friends huddled into each other, still glazed with membered glory beyond.

“Why,”breathed DragonyFly,”I heard of second smackdown glory foretold.”

“…….and you say we carry THE ONE inside of us?”



Lenten Journey – Day 20
Biblical Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23
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12-Mar-12: 1 Corinthians 3:10-23

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.

11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—

13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.

14 If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward.

15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.




“…….and you say we carry THE ONE inside of us?”



“Lessie me rest, lessie me heal,” bleated Spottedy Goat, seeking to be still.

“Sure, an ye should rest oh so fine, with all healing and tending ye have.”

So cawed Old Crow and chirped Ugly Bird and flapped Floppy-Eared in thrill.

So friends huddled as one in tending old Spottedy, snuggled with salve.


Once  more cawed Old Crow,” Ye give thanks for this mending place, ye do.”

“What mean ye, what caw ye, Old Crow?” all turned up to seek.

“Why Spottedy be healed just here, just now? How we give thanks so true?

“Why, know ye not, yon Spottedy body means temple to be for Him so meek.”

“………….and you say you didn’t know HE was flying above you?”


Lenten Journey – Day 18
Biblical Scripture: Mark 9:2-8
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10-Mar-12: Mark 9:2-8


Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,

3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.

4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.

7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.






“………….and you say you didn’t know HE was flying above you?”




Once wounded, now bounded and hugged and bugged to be more care-ful, YES!

Old Spottedy Goat lay so contenteddy, so blessedy, in the lap of that healing Stumpy, WHEE!

Littley Ol’ Lamby hopped and skipped all about, never mind any rocks, so much in glee o’er passing a test!

All friends huddling ’round, waiting and stating their joy o’er Spottey, e’en Ol’ Floppy Ears in glee!



With sudden rush of wind and blazing light, e’en unto Glory, all friends fell down on their faces,

All friends grabbed and reached and ne’er unto preached all wonders and visions of HIM on high!

“What means ye so tumbled, mumbled about on ye faces, ye dear critters o’ mine?” cawed Old Crow.

“Why, hush ye cawing, ye old blackey !  Did not not see three on high,come to bless? Oh, my!”






“…..and you say our bare feet are perfect for going to that Holy Ground below?”


Lenten Journey – Day 17

Biblical Scripture: Acts 7:30-40
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9-Mar-12: Acts 7:30-40

30 “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush.

31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord:

32 ‘I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’ Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.

33 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

34 I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them. Come now, I will send you to Egypt.’





“…..and you say our bare feet are perfect for going to that Holy Ground below?”




“Oopsey, whoopsey, we fallsey downsey, we hurtseys so muchsees”

So screeched  Spotted Goat tumbling down rocky slope to high river bank.

“Waitsee, waitsee, do not give upsee, oh friend in questsees!”

So squaled out Old Stump Woman and Littly Lamb hurting feet in run so lank.



“Oh, if only boots of Shepherd we could wear as we tear down to grab old goat!”

So moaned lambie and stumpie clambering down to reach out old goat from that ditch.

“Oh, if only you would see you are on Holy Ground now in rushing to aide without coat!”

So did Old Crow and Ugly Bird and even Bluesy Fly teach those helpers in loving pitch.






One crisping, swooping, starwaving night

In a bent old snaggy olive tree

Perched half behind a broken blight

Sat the nightingale singing tra-lee, tra-lee

For, you see, Friend Hopper’s bulgy sight

Beamed in twinkles: “new symphony”


So Miss Nightee Gale ran up and down trills

To warm all her chords in fore-warned mystery

Miss Nightee Gale trilled and thrummed the hills

So happy she was to please her friends for all history


Then who should bash, crash, smash down old limbs

But that one crow, Rusty Crow, who for corn only cawed

Who now disturbed the night song, the star-song to dims

So puzzled was Nightee Gale at daybird leaving her tune all pawed.


“What are you doing here, you greedy follower after dropped sheep’s corn?”

“What are you doing in my olivey bower, my starry runey chorales?”

“Oh, Nightee, the family kicked me out of my stally nightbed in scorn.”

“Oh, Nightee, the family pecked my snorey caws in their corrals.”


“Oh, is THAT all?  Is THAT your only reason for such treason?”

“Well, Brother Rusty, we shall soon mend all in your throat;”

“For Friend Hopper just scraped a note of new angel reason

“Bringing to all critters a new tune for all, no matter their boat.”


So Miss Nightee made room for Ol’ Rusty in her bower

Upon agreement that Ol’Rusty run chords in his throat

While lifting his corned eye always to starry shower

To bring harmony in rusty throat now with thrumming smote.

Now Ol’ Rusty and Miss Nightee bloomed like a flower

Of sweetest essence rising up to enfold angel’s coat.


Soon Galing tunes and Crowing chords formed a golden harp

On which the Peace and Goodwill Angels played over hills

And into lanes beside a cattle stall where sheep made a tarp

To cover small baaing heads bowed before heart’s thrills

Hushed by a new baby’s gaze beaming love without carp

To answer chorus of Rusty-Nightee band sending no bills.




First of all, let me say here that this is my last post to include the number of weeks I have been posting.  Now that I have passed the two-month mark, even I am convinced sufficiently that I have it in me to keep going public with my scribblings a minimum of 5 days a week, most weeks 6 days.   So now let me return to the world of non-human residents of this earth, where I am often happiest and often learn the most.




Under slugging curtains of rain,

the old turtle shelled open the day,

rocking and rolling under the skein

of cobwebbed dead limbs from May.


“Old turtle,” said the large black watery dog,

“How can you smile bug-eating in such boggery?”

“Old turtle,” said the shiver black crow in wog,

“How can you slide up in all this foggery?”


“My dear and most honorable friends so wet,”

said the old drying turtle in webbery,

“I am old, remember?”

“I hold toe memories against all you bet.”


“Furthermore, dear blessed friends above me”,

munchled the old turtle on flywings,

“While you were looking high and dry to be,

with your eyes off the lowly spikings;


“I, yes I,” said the old burrowing turtle,

“I, yes I, found the small dry part underneath

“the old discards of yesteryear’s myrtle,

 rolled down into well-fed shellersheath.”


Now the turtle and the crow and the dog

all three leaned together together;

Each leaning on the other in a clog

of dry toes and wings and nose in tether.




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