Thursday, December 5, 2019

An Alphabet of 2019

My word for the year was “Alphabet.”  Why did I choose it? Was it just a cheap stunt to pick a word that left me wide open?  Was I really listening to God’s words for me? Was I discerning? If so, what did I learn?

Below is my attempt to make the alphabet speak for my year.  These are the lessons I’ve tried to learn from 2019.

Amen and Alleluia!  Rejoice in the Lord always. 
(Also... another anthology with one of my poems in it!)

Balancing one step at a time.
Blessed Is the Lord by Dan Forrest 

Courage is a constant challenge.

Deliberate and discern.

Earth’s beauty is endless.  

Find words to express truth.


Hard work

Inspiration and insight

Be Joyful... but use good
judgment.   A line dance with a jump and a swivel was not a good choice.  😊

Kindness is for everyone. 

Limits are changing. I must listen to my body, and laugh long and hard.

Music moves me.

Never give up.

Opposition pops up in unexpected places. Do not be overcome.

Practice patience.  Pray without ceasing.

Questions are good.

Remember with reverence.

Sing your own song.  
And another thing: 
Second-guessing is for the birds. Are you a bird?  Are you???

Take time … be still and know…

Urge unity.

Vowels are absent in the alphabet of grace: delve for meaning. In choir we learn: the meaning is in the consonants, but the beauty is in the vowels.

Wishy-washy doesn’t cut it. Welcome opportunity with an open heart.

eXciting new year ahead


Like Zechariah, I stand in awe... praising God...

My best to you in this season of celebration.


  1. I LOVE THIS! Karen, this is so so rich. And: music moves me, too. Thank you! xo

  2. Love your OLW and this joyful reflection! My faves - balancing one step at a time, be joyful, never give up, sing your own song, and Yes! Have a joyous December!