Monday, September 17, 2018

The Windows of St Patrick's

While sitting in the wooden pews,
in our beautiful country church,
with the windows open to summer,

I can see fields of corn and soybeans;
rows of apple trees rolling up the hills;
the pastor's stone house built in 1910.

When the sun shines through in any season,
the stained glass windows come alive with color,
bring Bible stories alive for the congregation. 

The wedding at Cana.

The birth of Christ.

Jesus enters our hearts.

His body and blood;

available as we share the bread and wine. 

The Bread

The Wine

We witness his birth.

We witness his death. 

His Resurrection. 

We accept the Holy Spirit living within us.

Focus on the meaning of the crucifix.

You may also enjoy:

 "The Bells of St. Patrick's" ~ May 14, 2015
"The Steps of St. Patrick's" ~ November 6, 2017

Photo Locations:

St. Patrick's Church of Parnell & Rectory

* All photos © Richard Havenga

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Silent as Clouds

When the Holy Spirit
calls from within
my soul,

-- and asks me to speak
a few words:
gratitude, admiration --

praise enters my mind,
exits through words

Silent as these clouds
carried through the blue space
between earth and heaven;

between admiration and gratitude.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Yosemite National Park - California

2. McCarthy Lake - Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


When Jacob awoke from his sleep,
"Surely he thought, the Lord is in this place,
and I was not aware of it." ~ Genesis 28:16

Photo Location


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Early Autumn Stage

As summer settles
into September,
asters and goldenrod
accept the invitation
for this month
of transition.
Yellow and gold,
purple and lavender,
assume their places
on this early autumn stage.
In the background,
from the percussion section;
acorns and hickory nuts
begin to pound the ground,
zip through layers of leaves,
bounce off the inverted canoe.

And in the evening,
as the air cools,
crickets slow their song.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. & 3. Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan

2. & 4. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Dust of Summer

Silken sheets of rain
massage the shoulders of trees.

Leaves lay lower
accepting the shower,
rinsed of the dust of summer.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

2. Chief Hazy Cloud Park - Kent County, Michigan

3. Home Woods - Cannonsburg, Michigan

Friday, August 31, 2018

Delicate Dusk

A delicate dusk
descends upon this day
with soothing satisfaction;
like the thin, silk sheet 
that settles upon your skin
while waiting 
for the softness 
of sleep.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. MooseWyoming - (Grand Teton National Park) 

2. Pickerel Lake Park / Fred Meijer Nature Preserve - Kent County - Michigan 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Red & Green

this red hibiscus
with a bright green katydid
Christmas in July

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Home Garden - Cannonsburg, Michigan 

Friday, August 24, 2018

These Blessings

Once again
I come outside
to greet the dawn

to watch the morning
climbing through its colors;

to hear the early crows

calling in the distance;

to smell the moisture

emitting from the rained-upon soil;

to feel the breeze
lifting the arms of trees;

to see the dew
rolling off leaves of grass;

to praise the Creator

for these blessings,
as we await the blessed hope.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Bushnell, Florida 

2. Steele Lake - Grattan Township - Kent County, Michigan

Monday, August 20, 2018

Willing II

I am willing to be written on by
the wildflowers of spring,
summer thunderstorms,
the trees of autumn, 
and winter snows.

I pray that each day
I am able to walk outdoors
to be breathed on by the
quiet sounds of creation. 

Willing to be a receptacle
 for His grace.

Full of gratitude
for the gift of seeing:

the transparent network
of dragonfly wings,

slivers of minnows
silvering the dark water.

Delicate drops of rain 
dimpling the lake's silky surface.

© 2018 Richard Havenga

You may also enjoy: "Willing" ~ May 2, 2018

Photo Locations:

1. Flowering Dogwood - Ada Township - Kent County, Michigan  

2. Townsend Park - Kent County - Michigan

3. Home Garden - Cannonsburg, Michigan

4. Platte River - Honor, Michigan

5. Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado 

Friday, August 17, 2018


Probing the heart of gravity,
old oaks seek solid anchorage
through the thin skin
of earth's topsoil;
probing deeper
into the bones
of the earth.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Minooka, Illinois 

Monday, August 13, 2018


In the sunny room,
on the wooden floor,
the piano waits
for the gentle, 
knowing touch
of her sensuous fingers.

Now, she approaches.

Close enough 
to briefly touch
the smooth ivory keys.

Long enough 

for fingertips
to disturb the dust
accented by the sun.

Soft enough
that no notes 
were played.

Carrying her dream,
she walks away.
©  2018  Richard Havenga

Photo Location: Private Residence ~ Grandville, Michigan

Monday, August 6, 2018

Moon's Desire

A veil of moonlight
drifts bone white
upon sheets of fog
covering moist fields.

It dances golden 
upon the lake,
multiplying the moon's desire
to move, to be noticed. 

I am captivated by

the wavy undulations
of her curves, moving slowly
under shimmering silk.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo LocationMurray Lake - Kent County, Michigan 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Walk With You

Upon the shoulders of mountains,
under the vast roof of stars,
will walk with you.

Along the ribbons of rivers,
along the shallow shore,
I will walk with you.

In the cathedral of trees,
on desert paths of cactus,
I will walk with you.

Within choirs of birdsong,
and evenings of crickets,
I will walk with you.

All the days of this life
God has given me to live,
I will walk with you.

Please come along
on this trail of life,
and walk with me.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. West Elk Wilderness - Gunnison National Forest - Colorado

2. Crested Butte - Colorado

3. Sunset Beach - North Carolina

4. TucsonArizona

Monday, July 30, 2018

Silent Impression

The summer clouds
undulate on the lake,

inverting the scene,
enhancing the view;

focusing my vision
on this silent impression.

Contours of creation
recognized and respected.

The possibilities of language
carry quiet significance.

Aesthetic pleasure provided,
artistic satisfaction accepted.

I am blessed with 
this moment of privilege.

The Creator is pleased
when we notice.
© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Locations:

1. Pickerel Lake Park ~ Fred Meijer Nature Preserve - Kent County, Michigan

2. McCarthy Lake - Kent County, Michigan

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


rising through the dawn
a monument of mountains
collecting color

© 2018 Richard Havenga

Photo Location