Thursday, August 30, 2007

This Little One Has Been in the Water

Update on our very young Chinese friend, L. L., who has had a battle with cancer and who is from a poor rural family:

We have just received word that L. L. is out of the woods, recovering well, in therapy, and his father has a decent paying job in Shangri-La (a rarity in and of itself!) Many of you have been praying for him and helping financially, and it will truly please you to know that our contact with his family, a Christian doctor, reports that "this little one has been in the water."

Sometimes I find the cryptic metaphors used to protect Chinese Christians more beautiful that the technical terms we use in the West. Oh, that we all thought of each other as "brother" and "sister," and spoke freely about God as our "Father" and "best friend."

Praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for "this little one has been in the water."


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sarah is Five Today

Here is a poem I wrote for our Sassafras.


There is a small girl
I know, now five.
A bouncing-horse knee-bound,
Nocturnal sprite
Who loves High Tea
Down low on the floor.
What's more,
For me to mimic friends and herself
(Twinkly elf!)
Will she grow to be
Like me?
Hide-bound to task and list?
Or heaven-bound,
Arms open to gifts like
Tea on the carpet and
Bronco-riding at bedtime?

Thursday, August 9, 2007


Vanity Fair

I have just perused this magazine. A magazine dedicated to the search for worldly delight which is full of emaciated, bloodless models who look as if they haven't had a square meal since they were 12.