Sunday Evening


We shuffle in quietly taking our seats, stillness envelopes

our beings, as our prayers seek out the light of the candles,

lifting themselves beyond what we can see.

And we read:

“In you Lord, I have taken refuge;

let me never be put to shame;

deliver me in your righteousness.

Turn your ear to me,

come quickly to my rescue;

be my rock of refuge,

a strong fortress to save me.

Since you are my rock and my fortress…..”

With a few more encouraging words,

flames flicker, and for some a tear will fall,

and for others they are still praying,

as we quietly stand, and walk

out the door.


Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, Ancient Skies

Quote, Psalm 31:1-4, from the NIV Bible

There Are Still Ghosts


And there are still ghosts in some of our churches

wandering from the graveyard, passing through walls

sliding quietly into the pews, moving over

out of habit, silence surrounding.


And while they wonder where we are –

down at the bingo hall, women adjust

their lipstick, and men tuck in their shirts

and everyone listens

as “G9!” is called.


And back at the church the motion detector trips,

moved by the wind, a signal

for the ghosts

to return

to their beds

at the graveyard.


Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

First Friday – Our Father

Mountains and Rivers 400

Our Father

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be Your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts,

as we have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.”

Matthew 6:9-13


Not much commentary needs to be made here. This a feature of faith I present once a month, on the first Friday of each month. 

Millions of Christians around the world repeat this prayer, or something close to it, each week. In the these verses Jesus teaches us how to pray. Notice the different elements of asking for the Creator’s help in earning a living, in forgiving others, and delivering us from evil. In a word, strength.

Have a great weekend, and I wish you peace.


Bible Quote from the New International Version


Commentary and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

The Old Church House

Maine and More 345

They still use the old church house,

down at the harbor, but only,

for special occasions, weddings,

and funerals.

A young man from Portugal,

came looking for faith,

but he was guided to the museum,

where it was stored,

looking pretty for tourists,

and photography.

He wondered, if faith would ever,

come back again,

but everyone went to sleep,

no one cared.

He decided he would return,

if he ever needed,

a wedding,

or a funeral.



Poetry and Image © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”