Reflections and Reviews
The Aspens' Blog
turns away worthiest child
My son (daughter): May you ask for favor with both hands, honest boldness in one and keen awareness in the other. Let no obstacle in your path stop you, for our God is like the waters He made, able to find a secret way or overwhelm...
five nine to zeroes
crooning squawks as gentle nudge
shattered dreaming done
My son (daughter): May you wake always with hope and optimism, and take up the weight of the day with pride and voracious appetite. It is easy to instantly say to yourself, “Today I must do this and that and talk to...
flaming night terror
sudden damaging flood stream
salvation we plan
My son (daughter): May you welcome salvation even when it shakes the pride out of you. Rescue and escape from harm or prison does not always look like a storybook ending or a cool dude turning his back on an explosion. May...
step step triple step
turn around do it again
My son (daughter): A good life is balanced. Not like a table is stable, but like a bicycle. Life is a thing in motion, and balance comes in the moment and its context not strictly from one action or another. May you always...
raindrops draw shouts from all tongues
in cup a blessing
My son (daughter): May you position yourself for success, and be aware of relationship above all things. The race is not to the swift, and success not to the skilled. May you be like water, fitting the situation you are...
egg left far behind
turns to savage tail with beak
bothersome down gone
My son (daughter): May you shed your irritating childish ways as aggressively as a hatchling escaping its confining shell! Down may be comfortable, but it is unbecoming on the full-fledged champion of light you were born...
mans efforts stand one
a city stand one hundred
one thousand divine
My son (daughter): Nothing made will last forever. May you make things anyway. Even a string of grass can bring joy for a few moments, and that is worthwhile. Still, there are things which last longer than others. Tools of...
birth of nations and adults
My son (daughter): May you come to understand authority well, the most vital binding in life. With authority comes organization and cooperation, but it is itself subject to corruption just as individuals are. May you know when to...
soft and gentle between toes
man installs carpet
My son (daughter): May you come to value and cherish discomfort, being stronger when others expect you to slacken and complain. What God gives is often uncomfortable, but you grow in the uncomfortable miles and uncomfortable...
There are many ideas of God and gods, devils and demons and angels.
While billions all over the world cop to one organized viewpoint or another, I’ve found that within each religious group there is often a great diversity of opinion—far more than a mere analysis of sects and leaders...
hot sun made gentle
oasis in working grind
umbrella of green
My son (daughter): May you take pride in difficulties, instead of complaining or letting them slow you overmuch. God made open fields to be worked just as surely as he made lovely deep shade under which to drowse and rest. Take...
glass of cool water
table with bread and butter
safe for sleep and rest
My son (daughter): May you find friends wherever you go, and keep up your relationships with sincerity and grace. Good friends, loyal friends, and the power of that time-transcending bond are all gifts of God; may He be...