Whenever You Pray

“Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.”  Matthew 6:6

 Morning Surprise
Morning Surprise

The invitation is 

to meet God in silence,
deep in my own heart;
He patiently waits for me
to open the door to his word
and to sit quietly 
letting it soak into my being,
there are many doors to close on my way to this 
sacred place where God waits for me.
Today, I close the door on guilt and worry.
Jesus , I desire the grace to
 open the door to the compassion that resides in my heart ,
to the place where you abide.



“Oh God, you are my God – for you I long!
For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts,
Like a land parched, lifeless, and without water.”
                 Psalm 63

Dunes in March 2014
Dunes in Late March 2014


God’s ever-Presence,
my thirst is quenched,
even in winter desolation.
You comfort me in my desert places, Lord.


Heavy Rains

“In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11



thoughts bombard me
like heavy rain pounding the roof,
slowly my mind clears
the clouds float away
taking my cares.

the Sun breaks through
and there comes a moment of rest
an awareness of God’s presence
my thoughts are suspended
sparkling in the sunlight

the Sun holds them outside of me;
inside, there  opens up
a spaciousness that vibrates
with peace.
Here in your presence, I find joy.


It Is Good

“It is good to wait patiently for the Lord ..”Lamentations 3:26

First Buds - March 2014
First Buds – March 2014


 In the winter woods
there comes
 a lightening in my step,
and the scent of blue sky,
 as the air gentles my cheek.
Yonder tree beckons
with a whisper in the thicket,
and when  I
the wee necklace of buds,
it sets my soul a-vibrating.

Teach me Lord, the patience of the trees.


Holy, Holy, Holy

” Holy, holy, holy the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come.” (Revelations 4:8)

March Pansies in the Snow 2014
March Pansies in the Snow 2014


At the moment we are about to give up,
so weary of winter,
the earth begins to soften.
The last of the snow is melting
and tiny snow drops, crocuses and pansies begin to appear.
The earth embraces the melting snow,
accepting the life- giving water with open arms.
God, the immense holy one,
calls us back to his tender ever-present embrace.
My heart cracks open,
trembling like the pansies in the snow.
I long  to fall into this bottomless pool of love.
My God, touch me today with your presence.


Resting in Silence

” My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

March Woods©2013 B.Kaufmann
March Woods©2013


Lead me, Lord
with  your still, small voice
to the Wisdom you have placed deep in my heart,
the door to this place is silence,
and though the world is noisy and messy,
you guide me to this inner room
a dwelling place,
for you and for me,
There, I rest in Silence.


Lenten Rose

“Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.” (Hosea 6:11)

Lenten Rose - Hellebore
Lenten Rose – Hellebore

During the last days of winter,
dreary and cold,
comes the Lenten Rose a-blooming,
pushing up right through the snow,
coloring the barren ground
with the promise of green!
Hope sings in me, Lord.
Thank you!