land of rest

Land of Rest is a blog of Peter Jenks. Poems, quotes and photos are by Peter Jenks (unless otherwise noted or I miss noting an older post's photo) and are copyrighted, you are free to use these if you acknowledge their source.

This is also the site where I will be updating and listing the schedule for my radio show, Words of the Morning, which can be heard on WRFR.org on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 am until 8 am.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Receiving Help

I find it hard to receive help from others. It is so wonderful and needed, yet, somehow I cannot imagine why they would want to do such for me.  It is important to remember that people care, and that receiving help is an important part of any relationship.


Elias, Charlie and Roland, thank you for your phenomenal help moving on Saturday!

Friday, July 12, 2013

losing a few trees

We had some trees taken down.  Here are some before and after pics.
It is always interesting to me to feel the loss or absence of the life that filled a certain space with the presence of a tree.



Their still and constant presence is so often taken for granted, and yet they define so much of our world. When gone, they leave a hole, open space, and more light. Birds and squirrels grieve more than we do, as they are most directly effected. Yet we, too, are effected, perhaps in more subtle ways but still our world changes with the loss of any limb or entirety of a tree.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

being sent forth

Jesus said, "See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves."  So often we in the church go out as wolves in the midst of lambs. 

I do not see the calling to go out as one to infuse a particular theological acceptance in others, as much as a calling to simply share how the love of Jesus has healed, forgiven and continues to transform our lives.  And is so doing, allowing God to touch as God pleases those with whom we live, even perhaps touching us again.



Thursday, July 4, 2013

the slow move into a new home

We are moving into a new home, and trying to sell an old home. This is all part of an act of faith.
The humor, grace and continued presence of God has been challenging, moving and transforming.
We are most blessed and deeply, deeply thankful.  When I was at a low point in the process I asked God for a sign, walked over to the house and found a hooded marganser duck in the pond. The only day I saw such a duck in my life. It has been little things like that, and deeper moments of relating to people that have made this a profound blessing.  Even little details such as door knobs and marble mantles are of note.






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