A new word has crept into my vocabulary during these past few months: wherewithal. I mean, I knew the word before, but lately I’ve found myself using it on a regular basis, as in: “Lord, I just don’t have the wherewithal to…” I suppose it’s the negative form of what I think life since Covid … Read More Letters to the Lord: Wherewithal
We had a mini-Musser reunion this past weekend in Cincinnati. Andrew and Lacy drove up with their five little ones and joined Andrew’s two older cousins with their wives, each with their own five little ones. Yes, fifteen great-grandkids were all together for the day, the oldest being our grandson Jesse at 9 and the … Read More Letters to the Lord: A Full Quiver
One of the great joys for an author, at least for this author, is meeting my readers in person. I have had the privilege over the past twenty-five years of signing books in bookstores across the Southeast and many other states as well in France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Norway. I’ve also been in churches … Read More Letters to the Lord: Signing My Life Away
The sky was blue before and now it’s gray And rain has wet the grass, seeped through the soil And hope is held in hiatus this day As, numb, we contemplate our Savior’s toil. I wonder, were the soldiers not afraid When Peter took a sword and sliced an ear And Jesus, with a stroke … Read More Letters to the Lord: A Sonnet for the In-Between
Oh, dear Lord, thank you so much for Twosday! I’d never heard of that term until my daughter-in-love Lacy invited us to Lena’s birthday party. I misunderstood at first, thinking that since it was called a Twosday party it would be on a Tuesday. But of course, the pun was only because Lena was turning … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Joy of Twosday
Mr. Cardinal is still here, pecking at the window in Daddy’s den, reminding me of Your presence, Lord, in such a tangible way. Sometimes he even comes and sits on the outside windowsill and stares at me. And I speak to him in that voice I use for small children and animals. And I think … Read More Letters to the Lord: Appraising My Life
Ever since I memorized it in 7th grade, William Wordsworth’s poem about daffodils has delighted me. Often, I found myself quoting lines from it in March as my yard in France would burst with white and yellow beauty. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er … Read More Letters to the Lord: Daffodils
This is the remembrance I gave at my father’s memorial last Friday. When I was very young, I loved hearing stories about a gentleman rabbit called Uncle Wiggily who had many animal friends and several animal enemies. But he had one friend who was with him in almost every episode, his housekeeper, Nurse Jane Fuzzy … Read More Letters to the Lord: Nurse Jane and Daddy
Written in the middle of the night, February 11, 4:30 am. So many sleepless nights, Lord. So hard and sweet to walk my Daddy to Heaven’s door. So many signs of Your Spirit right here with us. It started with the red cardinal about a month ago. Or maybe longer. He just kept banging into … Read More Letters to the Lord: The Red Cardinal
I welcome back my dear friend, Julia Kramer, with a thought-provoking post. KING OF THE MOUNTAIN I think I’ve found my motto psalm for 2022! Psalm 131 from the Message Bible: God, I am not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be the king of the mountain. I haven´t meddled where I … Read More Letters to the Lord: King of the Mountain
Dear Friends, Chers Amis, I had planned to send this out earlier, but the month of January 2022 has been one of the hardest in our lives. My father, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July, 2021, took a turn for the worse a few weeks ago. At the same time, our 5th grandchild, … Read More Happy New Year! Bonne Année!
These last weeks have been tumultuous. We are in the final stages of my dad’s journey on earth. His graduation approaches soon. We continue to covet your prayers and you can find out more here. At the same time, our son, Andrew, and his wife, Lacy, are on a journey of their own. On Sunday … Read More Letters to the Lord: My Father’s Journey
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