Author: Catherine Lawton

The Animals In Our Lives

The following is my Introduction to the new book, The Animals In Our Lives: Stories of Companionship and Awe. The talented writers (and myself) who contributed to this book share winsome and varied experiences with dogs, cats, sheep, horses, backyard birds, woodland deer, and many other creatures. We show how animals—pets, farm animals, and wildlife—have…

Holy Stillness

Waiting, waiting, we wait
in lengthened nights and
chilled soil and cloistered suns
for warmer, lighter, moister days
to dawn
From on high—and pulsing
in the depths—we hear
“Wait… Wait… Be still…”
and “Coming—
I did, I am, I will.”

We Don’t Know How To Pray As We Ought

“Prayer is like breathing.” “Prayer is asking.” “Prayer is relationship.”….A myriad of beliefs, teachings, and books about prayer….A lifetime of experiences of prayer….And we are still learning what prayer is and can be. Do you have questions about prayer? I’m sure we all do. This poem I wrote (below), which is included in my book,…

Reverence for Life

Since I believe “sanctity of life” applies to life at every stage, I offer this poem I recently wrote: Reverence for Life Abortion (for a choice-caused conception) Senseless killing (is war ever necessary?) Death penalties (where’s the capital in that?) Euthanasia (euphemism for “Mercy Killing”) Suicide (the traumatized need mercy) Poisoning our food, air, water,…

Watching For God In Season and Out

We have never experienced a Christmas like this one. No children’s programs at church, school, or community. No concerts to attend. Not much “window shopping.” No caroling door-to-door, no dinner parties, few gatherings or family reunions. I do think I see more people putting lights on their houses and trees outside. In this season, as…

Reminders that God Is With Us ~ and He Is Coming

As we continue in somewhat sequestered and uncertain times, the season of Advent has started. As publisher at Cladach, I am reaching out to share with you a gift of “A Poem A Day for Advent.”

I hope reading and listening to these “down-to-earth” verses will help us focus on Jesus’ coming “down to earth”—and encourage us to wait and watch for Jesus’ return.

The daily poems and readings are from the book BIBLE POEMS FOR REFLECTION AND RESPONSE by Donna Marie Merritt. I think you’ll enjoy hearing Donna read her poems. Each one is inspired by a Bible passage, which will also be included.

May these daily inspirational moments enrich your Advent and Christmas season of waiting and preparing to celebrate the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World.

I invite you to visit the page daily, where a new poem will be posted each day through December 24 at: https://cladach.com/a-poem-a-day-for-advent/

Meanwhile, enjoy these first two entries below. Blessings to you. Remember: “God is with us.” and “Jesus is coming again.”

Giving Thanks To “A Worthy King”

Have we ever given thanks to God for entering into our humanity and suffering with us and for us? Have we given thanks for the privilege of suffering with him and for him? Are we giving our hearts, our allegiance, our lives to the slaughtered Lamb who lives? the wounded one who heals? Are we willing to bring our wounds to the Lamb for healing? to transform us into wounded healers?

This Thanksgiving, even in the midst of pandemic fears, political uncertainties, and limited gatherings, I want to “virtually” join all those who “fell down and worshiped” the lamb. as they held aloft bowls filled with “the prayers of the saints” and as they sang a “new song”:

“You are worthy … for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed, for God, saints from every tribe and language and people and nation;…

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered …

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

He is our king and he is with us, even in our present sufferings!

Giving thanks,
Catherine

Creative Author and Creative Readers Reflect on our Creator God

Bible Poems video: https://youtu.be/_ZQ7ol9Z1nM

As a publisher I love to bring authors and readers together, and especially I love it when they are reflecting together on God’s truth, creation, and the life of faith. In this way, writing—and reading—a book of poetry can lead to worship expressed in words, art and action.

BRAVE WHIMSY and VULNERABILITY

Janyne had the courage to push back the curtain and reveal her feelings of being an “imposter,” of dissociative pain and struggles and their root causes. We agree with Pathway to Hope director, Kiersten Adkins, who Janyne and her books, “May her courage inspire us to find safe spaces for ourselves and be those safe spaces for others.”

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