Asking Less (ha’sonnet)

Tonight I’m reeling, devastated, collapsing as I watch downtown Seattle become a scene of violent chaos…it’s not just “one thing after another”, more like 10 things after another; so that we can’t catch our collective breath before another wave of challenge and conflict crashes over us.  It’s all too much, just too much to bear.  We need a miracle, that’s my prayer ~ Rhen


I don’t want more

It’s less heart asks

Return “before”

Time’s simpler tasks

New surprises

Tension rises…

Afford us ‘bored’

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Daily Light #66 ~ Life Through God’s Word

Psalm 119:33-38, 40 ~ New Living Translation

Teach me your decrees, O LORD;

I will keep them to the end.

Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions;

I will put them into practice with all my heart.

Make me walk along the path of your commands,

for that is where my happiness is found.

Give me an eagerness for your laws

rather than a love for money!

Turn my eyes from worthless things,

and give me life through your word.

Reassure me of your promise,

made to those who fear you.


I long to obey your commandments!

Renew my life with your goodness.

Leadership Application


Please answer or make a check-mark for each question.

1-Can you skirt the truth with ease?

2-Normal issues with greed, lust, arrogance, tirades?

3-Can you dominate conversations?

4-Do you view yourself as #1, “special”, with

Uniquely extraordinary intellect?

5-Are you opinionated, believe you’re always right?

6-Do you feel a sense of entitlement?

7-Can you be openly critical, vocally judgmental?

8-Are you savvy about social media, tweeting?

9-Can you occupy spotlight’s full circumference?  

10-Are you immune to mockery, and also advice?

11-Can you feel at home living First Class?


Very good, then—I think you’ll like your grand office, and the spacious house, of course!

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Never Be Over

*Line for this week:  Someday, this will be over– only remembered like some half-felt and fading nightmare.

I recall hearing, “Some day, this

Will be over—only remembered like

Some half-felt and fading nightmare”.

It was a lie…cold, cruel and empty

Spoken by an arrogant someone

Trying to convince me of his superior

Intelligence, wise experience.

It would never be over, never be

Only half-felt…it’s the nightmare

That never fades.

Agony of riding edge of insanity is

Tense, breathless, sick-to-your-stomach

Dizzy dance which goes round

And round, like a circle in a spiral.

Do I digress?

Had no way to duck temptation…

No text, script to follow.

Murky mind can’t tell difference

Between love, need, hatred…they swirl

Together in whirlpool; reason

Trounced, drowning denied.

What lives on within painful pulse…

Undead passion for gone-love, ghost-love.

How can anyone hate desperate

Child with hungry heart?

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.


Glad Game #12 ~ Friendship’s Mirror

More photos below ~

Hello to all who gather for the weekly Glad Game, a reference to the book and character, “Pollyanna”—who learned gratitude early and always found something to be “glad” about, even in circumstances that were unpleasant, trying or cloaked in grief.

I confess that I’m wobbly this week, so you’re free to grab some refreshments and sneak out the door—I won’t be offended, I promise

a) I’m grateful the weather remains mostly sunny, with cool temps for good sleeping at night.

b) Thankful I still have plenty of food, so I can avoid the grocery store another week.

c) I’m grateful for this blog, the meeting place where I come to greet and exchange thoughts with folks who are so talented, lovely—you are all treasures.  I appreciate God’s generosity in giving me the gift of poetry…it’s cathartic, fun.  Some days I imagine writing as a loaf of freshly baked “something” I can share with you (or soup, lasagna, cake, brownies, fudge…whatever you’re hungry for)😊

d) Thankful for my wind chimes (playing as I type)…their music has eternal quality which engages my spirit.  The melody’s never exactly the same, but always offers message of faith and hope that God has more for us than whatever lack or loss we may be wading through at a given moment.

e) This week, again, I gratefully received the gift of true friendship…and realized what my definition of such friendship is.  A genuine, and stalwart friend offers a ‘new mirror’—or flips the one we have to the other, better side.  Often when I peer into mine, self-loathing eyes see only wretchedness; depression creates an unreliable perspective. 

My friend, via email, held up the mirror God shines daily:  gleaming glass displaying my favorable traits, and the loving transformation God is actively working in me to reflect His glorious character.

f) I’m ever glad for God’s grace and Presence—so near, when we’re running low on strength to ‘keep keeping on’.

g) For those who celebrate it, Sunday is Pentecost*…a meaningful reminder of God’s Holy Spirit.  This Person of the Trinity is alive and available to anyone who requests His indwelling.  Just as He breathed on the early disciples and changed everything for them, today He longs to breathe a fresh, reviving breeze that brings power, peace and unity to our lives.

May you experience God’s love and abundant blessings as we persevere togetherRhen

*“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” Acts 2:1-4, New Living Translation

Photos are Rhen’s home: above, west window with mirror & live plant; below, silk “peony” flower ~

Daily Light #65 ~ Gift of Peace

JESUS said:  “…the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.  I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:26-27, New Living Translation