Contemplative Pilgrims

Thoughts for the journey

Thank you for joining us!  As we retire, we bring together a collection of stories, poems and reflections to share with family and friends.  Wisdom is gained as we encounter the spiritual in scripture and through the “logos”–the Word made flesh.  It is our hope that you will find encouragement for the journey.

2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Being a Child

Reflections on Genesis 1 and 2

By Elaine Knudtson

Children squeeze, tease, ignite hope and leave. . .

But I remember –

The way they folded into a ball in my arms and tucked under my chin like a soft                 plushed toy;

The smell of new skin and vellum—is that how we smelled in the Garden?

Did we tuck ourselves under God’s chin and fold into a child, soothed by the beat of His heart?

Could we sense His love, hope, excitement?

Did we bring Him joy,

Or did He fear that we would soon leave?

What love; to bring life into the world, knowing it is only for a moment.  But oh the sweetness of those moments.

It is enough to risk the pain.  It is a call to seize the moments.

Memory is the album of our life.  I choose to remember beauty, truth, peaceful pastures, quiet respite between the storms.

I forget the pain of leaving and remember being tucked under Your chin and carried as I listen to the beat of your heart.



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Paul was a preacher and teacher until he retired in 2015. He continues to write and listen to what God is saying to him in the ordinary and extraordinary things of life. Elaine was a public school teacher and administrator until she retired in 2018. She is using her retirement to reflect on God's work in her life and to share insights with her family and friends.

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