Focused

“I close my eyes in order to see.” ~ Paul Gauguin, painter We are trained from an early age to close our eyes during prayer. This ritual/habit probably began with the idea of reverence for God — and shutting out the world and all immediate distraction in order to focus on the one who hears…

The Other Side of the World…

Wayne brought back some amazing photos from Ethiopia. Of course, his visit is fresh on his mind and ours, and we have been talking about it in detail. The poverty of that nation has changed our attitudes this Thanksgiving. Yes, we are always grateful, but seeing firsthand and experiencing it really cultivates a depth of…

‘Didn’t Our Hearts Burn Within Us…?’

There is only one thing better than drinking a rich cup of Ethiopian coffee in the morning… That is to drink it with an Ethiopian! For the past few days we have had a dear Ethiopian friend stay with us. This morning we drank our coffee under the arbor in the backyard. The weather was so…

As I Drifted Off…

  Last night, I slept in my own bed. I enjoyed slidding into the clean sheets and resting my head on the down pillow. There is just nothing like my own bed… Oh, the joy and contentment of being home. A cool breeze blew through the room from an open window. I could hear the waterfall from the Koi pond…

That Cry Will Never Leave Me…

  We saw this beautiful Ethiopian Jewess at the clinic in Addis Ababa. I wonder if the Queen of Sheba was this pretty? On our last evening in Ethiopia, Wayne and I had a few hours before our flight. We took a taxi to the Hilton and grabbed a bite to eat in the gazebo…

The Coffee Ceremony of Ethiopia

  It’s a time for jollification. The coffee ceremony of Ethiopia is full of aromas and surprises. Our first experience was four years ago with the committee members of the Toward Jerusalem Council II. We were honored to be invited to the home of a Jewish woman from Addis Ababa. The first memory I have is…