Tag Archives: sorrow


denali national park alaska

When June broke her leg, she gained strength in seeing the nurture of nature.

“So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.”
Job 2:13 KJV




Because of his role in capturing Jake, Mr. Kingman promoted Moose to captain of the Swordfish. Captain Moose took Jake, under heavy guard, to Shanghai to help construct missionary quarters.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:10 KJV

Aloha ‘oe

macadamia harvest

The plantation owner saw June’s friendship with Moose, and promptly sold June to the captain of the ‘Frisco. June felt blessed on two accounts: she had a stool in the galley, and her dried orchid lei survived the boat ride to the ‘Frisco.

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV


field of dreams

“On one of our early morning wanders, Cream discovered a rusty sword from the battle. Her empathy and sorrow—
even though the sword didn’t belong to her father’s army—surprised me and made me proud. We focused on the beauty of the wildflowers she was gathering for breakfast.”

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”
Zechariah 12:10 KJV

Note to reader: I originally drew this cartoon in the typical style of this blog (published below). After browsing through a garden magazine, I redrew the cartoon, adding more color, and using less opacity for a temporary feel. In experiencing loss, I tend to view the point of loss as black. In the walk towards healing, I slowly embrace the colors of life. I can imagine this is a bit what Cream experienced in the field as she discovered the memory of the battle amidst the vibrant flowers.

beauty and sorrow

Beauty and sorrow.


clean crumbs

June remembered the bitter taste left in her mouth when some of the sailors refused to pay for their clean laundry.

“And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.”
Luke 24:19-21 KJV

Heart Searching

blue memories

Susanna remembered some of the messes she’d made in connecting with her beloved Sheriff Howie, June and the horses. She also remembered the sweet spirit of forgiveness and grace that brought healing. Not so with Frederic Bucannon, she told the Lord; yet she couldn’t seem to remember his wrongs without remembering hers.

“How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?”
Psalm 13:2 KJV

Lost and Found

colt training

Worried over June’s disappearance, Susanna tried to focus on a new project at Caleb’s ranch: training Blue Star’s colt, Orion.

“Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.

And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s:

And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.

Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.

And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.”
Ruth 4:1-6 KJV


a day's work

As June helped harvest the Belmont Brothers’ apple crop, Susanna sorted through her memories in a creaky rocker on the front porch of her closed bakery.

“Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.”
Psalm 74:22, 23 KJV

Grave Memory

easier to forget?

Susanna kept busy; busy meant less time to think. The fog of Agate Beach rolled over her heart and hid hope. Susanna thought God’s way made no sense. She stumbled over wanting to remember, and wanting to forget.

“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”
Eccelesiastes 9:5 KJV