Friday, November 30, 2007


I love you.

Remembering tonight what the days were like a year ago at this time, this season of Thanksgiving. It holds so much more hope and grace even now.

Tonight I danced with Eliana, and thought of you. I knew, were you here, that you would join us in a heartbeat. A heartbeat. I wish I lived close enough to lay my head on your chest and listen to the thump-thump...thump-thump... of your strong heart. I send love across the miles.

And now in age I bud again,
After so many deaths I live and write;
I once more smell the dew and rain,
And relish versing: O my onely light,
It cannot be
That I am he
On whom thy tempests fell all night.

These are thy wonders, Lord of love,
To make us see we are but flowers that glide:
Which when we once can finde and prove,
Thou hast a garden for us, where to bide.
Who would be more,
Swelling through store,
Forfeit their Paradise by their pride.

-George Herbert, excerpt from The Flower
All is Well

15 fellow travelers shared:

Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

Oh, Elise. I didn't know. I clicked over and read t.d., and am so glad for you that you have had this year with him. May his heart continue to beat strong for years to come.

(I especially liked reading about your youngest sister.)

jen said...

You have such a gift with words, Elise. Thank you for sharing your heart. It encourages and strengthens my own.

Wendy said...

I agree w/what Jen definitely have a gift with words.

Beverly said...

A beautiful tribute to your Papa. God is so gracious and merciful, is He not? I'm sure your papa is as thankful for you, as you are for him. He sounds like a wonderful man of God.

Papa said...

Oh, my precious t.d., these days are especially poignant for me as well. We have celebrated the splendid grace given for healing and overcoming. The remembrance of those days, with you caring for your sisters and brother while Mama sat with me - they are precious times. Glad you are reminiscing with us as well.

Beka said...

Precious words of remembrance and of praise for His grace and faithfulness. I thank our Father with you for preserving the life of your dear Papa!

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful with you!


Audrey said...

You have his eyes as well....

Rejoicing with you!

Bonnie said...

I love your music selections!
You added YoYO MA!
I sent a link to Mama Prays to my 4 sons over Thanksgiving after finding your blog! Love your children's books....they warm my heart as my children are mostly grown, but still
want to keep up with books for the very young.

Enjoy Advent!
Bonnie Buckingham

Sarah Markley said...

I think I found you through Small Scribbles. Your writing is gifted and your heart is evident. I will surely be back to read more!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your sweet testimony, Elise.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your sweet testimony, Elise.

:..Rebekah..: said...

This is so lovely. I read your other post about your Papa and it brought sweet tears. The way that you share your heart is so beautiful. I'm thankful with you that he is well.

Andrea said...

Has it really been a year?!
Praise God!!!
What a sweet, sweet, thing.
love you!!

NYC said...

Thank you for sharing these words with us. This past June I lost my earthly father to prostrate cancer, but I know that there is a Father that has never died, sitting on a throne in heaven.

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