landscape (acrylic on milk can)
I know temptation. We’re standing in the church lobby. His grin reminds me of a young Mel Gibson, and my heart stops. We have legitimate church business to discuss. The attraction is mutual. I can feel it, an electrifying pulse between us. I look away. Everyone else is a muffled blur. It’s only us, standing […]
I got a haircut last week. Not the salon kind. The emergency kind, the kind that your husband gives you because the handheld massager you tried to use to get the knots out of your neck is now firmly knotted to your head. It’s one of those mornings. I haven’t slept well, and I wake […]
Pete calls in the afternoon, interrupting me in the middle of an important project. I’m always in the middle of a project. “‘Looks like a great day for a motorcycle ride,” he says cheerily. He says this almost every day, but on a weekday I usually get more time to work we usually go out after […]
In the days of Downton Abbey, people dressed for dinner — special, like gowns and tuxedos. So last night Pete said, Let’s go out to dinner. Spur of the moment, because that’s Pete. I hemmed and hawed. I didn’t feel like cooking, but fish was thawing in the fridge. I should probably just cook, I […]
Have you ever known God to walk a straight line? Straight line — the shortest distance between two points. What about the time Jesus sent the disciples ahead of him and they got caught up in a storm? Jesus came to them walking across the water. As soon as he stepped into the boat, they arrived at […]
“The serpent deceived me,” the woman said, hoping to mitigate what she was about to say next. “That’s why I ate it.” She was relieved when God turned his attention to the serpent.
Cain loved the smell of the earth. His father and mother said it was cursed. “Farming was a lot easier back in the day,” his father would say, with that faraway look in his eyes. He said God had given them the job of working the earth, and Cain enjoyed the challenge of coaxing life […]
Musing on Genesis 4 Other People Cain is worried about people taking revenge for the murder of his brother, Abel. Is he talking about his father and mother? A sister? Brothers yet to be born? Does Cain take one of his sisters with him as his wife or are there people we don’t know about […]
I forget God. I forget who he is. Though I have only to look up at the infinite sky to recognize my insignificance compared to his immensity, I still lose sight of his majesty. I wander off into my own definition — the smallness of who I think he is, rather than the expansiveness of […]
The woman he loved had her arm outstretched. She was offering him the fruit, the juice still dripping down her chin. The man watched himself take a bite.
Musing on Genesis 2 On Day 6, God gets his hands dirty. He forms a man out of the dust, gets his face in there and breathes his very own breath into the man’s nostrils. God and man face to face, up close and personal. The earth needs a man to cultivate it, and God […]