Showing posts with label Christian healing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christian healing. Show all posts

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christian Healing and The Word Center

After trying to maintain several blogs with regular posts, I saw a need to simplify! So an umbrella blog has been set up at The Word Center.

May God bless you and bring the healing you need in Christ Jesus.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jesus heals through the faith of others


Prayer-a-phrase of Matthew 9:1-8

Crossing over the sea, Jesus came to His own town where the people brought a paralyzed man to Him to be healed. Seeing the faith of his friends, He said to the paralytic:

“Take courage, My child! Your sins are forgiven.”

“What!” some scribes thought, “This Man blasphemes!”

But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so He said:

“Why think such sinful thoughts? For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Arise and walk!’ But just so you’ll know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins on earth….”

Jesus then turned to the paralytic and said, “Get up! Pick up your bed, and go home.”

The man did! And the awe-struck crowd glorified God for giving such authority to human beings –


for giving us such authority.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Matthew from translations provided online by Bible Gateway.



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mercy, faith, and healing

Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus, His disciples, and a sizable crowd
left Jericho, they saw a blind man –
Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus –
sitting by the road, begging.

When the man heard that Jesus of Nazareth
was passing by,
he began to cry out,
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

People told him to hush, but he just
cried out all the more!

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stopped and said,
“Call him here.”

As they called the blind man, they told him,
“Take courage. Get up! He’s calling you.”

Flinging off his coat, the blind man
jumped up, and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus asked, “What do you
want Me to do for you?”

“Master, I want to see again!”


So Jesus said, “Go then.
Your faith has healed you.”

Immediately, the man received his sight,
and he followed Jesus on The Way.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Mark from some of the many translations found on Bible Gateway.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Poem on healings in Mark 5


Mark Five: Red Letter Edition

Come out, come out
wherever you are!
What is your name?

Go home to your friends

and tell them the things –
the merciful things –
the Lord has done.

Who touched My clothes?
You've touched the Son!
Now go, touched in peace.
You have been healed.

You have been healed
of all your fears.
Just trust in Me.

Why are you weeping?

Why do you cry?
The child isn't dead.
She's only sleeping.

Get up, little girl!

Go out in the world.
Go out and become
a young child again.

©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This poem appeared earlier here and in Mary's book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Protecting yourself and others from ills


Family of Christ,
draw your strength from the Lord
and His mighty power.

Put on the armor God gave
to protect you, so you
can take a firm stand
and withstand evil ways.

People are not our true enemies!

Our struggle is with the rulers,
with the authorities,
with the cosmic powers
in this present darkness –
darkened by spirits of ill will.

Therefore, cover yourself
with the full armor of God,
so you can resist evil
and hold your ground, standing firm.

Stand!

Fasten the truth around your waist.

Get righteousness as your breastplate
to let you know you're right with God,
and shod your feet in readiness
to run with the Good News of peace.

In every situation,
hold faith as your shield
to put out flaming arrows
and stop malice aiming toward you.

Receive the helmet of salvation
to cover your mind with Christ,
and hold fast to the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word
of God.

On every occasion,
pray in the Spirit,
and at all times,
stay spiritually alert!

Persist in the power
of prayer,
praying for all believers
everywhere.


Ephesians 6:10-18


©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased verses from Ephesians 6:10-18 after researching the many translations found on Bible Gateway.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Jesus has power over everything ill

As Jesus came down from the mountain,
great crowds followed Him,
and a leper dared to come near and kneel, saying,
“Lord, if you choose,
you can make me spotless again.”

And Jesus stretched out His hand
and touched the man –
touched the leprous skin, saying,
“I do choose.
Be healed.”

Immediately, the leprosy disappeared,
and Jesus told the man
to say nothing to anyone but go show
himself to the priest and do
as Moses had commanded as
a testimony of God’s healing.

Continuing His journey, Jesus
came to Capernaum, where a centurion
made an appeal, saying,
“Lord, my servant at home is ill
and in terrible distress.”

Jesus said, “I will come and cure him,”
but the centurion shook his head and said,
“Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof!
But speak the word only, and my servant will be healed.”

Then the centurion went on to say,
“I am a man under authority with others under me.
So when I tell one to go, he goes, or another to come here,
he does. Or I tell my slave to do this or that, and it’s done.”

Jesus listened, then said to His followers,
“Truly I tell you, I’ve never found such faith in Israel!
Many will come from the east and the west to eat
with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob
in the Kingdom of Heaven, while the heirs
of the kingdom will find themselves
in outer darkness, weeping and gnashing their teeth.”

But to the centurion, Jesus said, “Go.
Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And in that very hour, the servant was healed.

Then Jesus entered the house of Peter, whose
mother-in-law lay in bed with a fever.
When Jesus touched her hand,
the fever left,
and she got up and tended them.

That evening, the crowds brought
demon-possessed people to Jesus to heal,
and He cast out each ill spirit
with a word
and cured all who needed healing,
fulfilling what Isaiah had prophesized of Him:
“He took away
our infirmities.
He took over our ills.”


©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased Matthew 8:1-17 from today’s Daily Bible Reading in the Gospels.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Jesus heals a demoniac, an outcast, a death


Background: Today’s Gospel reading in Mark 5 gives a glimpse of the diverse healing through Jesus Christ. First He casts out a legion of demons that had made a man so violent even chains could not hold him! Freed from his life among tombs, the grateful man wants to follow Jesus but is told to go home and, like a missionary among friends, witness to what God has done for him. Undoubtedly the man’s powerful testimony prepared the way for the Gospel to be received in the Decapolis.

After crossing the sea by boat, Jesus is met by a crowd, including the leader of the local synagogue, Jairus, whose sick child lies near death. Before He can get to her, however, a woman whose illness makes her untouchable reaches out to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe, thinking this will cure her when no doctor could. Although people press all around Him, Jesus feels the woman’s touch and knows she, too, is healed.

During the delay, however, Jairus’ daughter dies. This report does not deter Jesus but does cause Him to put everyone out of the child’s room except her parents and His closest followers. Then, taking the hand of the dead child, Jesus tells the little girl to arise. And she does.


Mark Five: Red Letter Edition

Come out, come out
wherever you are!
What is your name?

Go home to your friends

and tell them the things –
the merciful things –
the Lord has done.

Who touched My clothes?
You've touched the Son!
Now go, touched in peace.
You have been healed.

You have been healed
of all your fears.
Just trust in Me.

Why are you weeping?

Why do you cry?
The child isn't dead.
She's only sleeping.

Get up, little girl!

Go out in the world.
Go out and become
a young child again.


©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This unpublished poem is part of my current book project, Living with Bible People, in search of a publisher and based on today’s Daily Bible Reading in the Gospels.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Believe


And Jesus came to Cana
where water had become
wedding wine,
but now a royal son
lay ill in Capernaum.

The father found the LORD
and begged Him to come and heal
his son who lay ill
in Capernaum.


Such signs, such wonders you must see!
Jesus said, or you will never believe.

But the father said, Oh, no, Sir, please,
please come!
My only son lays ill in Capernaum.

And Jesus said, No need for Me to come.
Your son will live. Go home and see.
Go home to Capernaum.

And the man believed.

And the father trusted
the LORD with the life of his son
whose healing occurred where health had come
to the whole household in Capernaum.


© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase poem of today’s Bible reading in John 4:46-54

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Revisiting the sick


A word from Paul to the church in Galatia

An illness enabled me
to first give you the Gospel,

and if my poor health burdened you,
you did not look down on me.

You welcomed me as if I were an angel from God –
as if I were Christ Jesus Himself.

Oh, where is that wonderful attitude now?

Once you would gladly have given me your eyes!
So please tell me how I’ve become your enemy.

Is it from telling you the truth
you did not want to see?


© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase of today’s Bible reading from the Epistles in Galatians 4:13-16

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Monday, December 17, 2012

The healing art of lament


In the wake of the tragic loss of young lives last week at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, caring people of all faiths have undoubtedly been praying and praying for sense, comfort, and healing of some kind. God surely hears such prayers and will usually provide the healing help most of us rely on – time.

In the mean-time, (oh, dear, I just noticed the “mean” part of time, needed, perhaps, to find mean-ing) what do we do? How do we dull such sharp, horrendous pain?

Believers in God and the Judeo-Christian Bible have biblical patterns for dealing with grief and other terrible or tragic circumstances given in the book of Lamentations. Less obvious, perhaps, are the high number of Psalms given over to grief and laments – far more, in fact, than Psalms of praise, thanksgiving, or any other topic. People hurt. People need to release those cries. And regular words just won’t do.

Some of us fear totally losing it! That most likely will not happen, but we can take comfort in the boundaries set by a mournful Psalm or a lament such as Jeremiah 6:26 or the entire book of Job.

With those biblical precedents to guide us, our grief and laments can go into poems, prayers, and petitions expressed honestly from our view or someone else’s but with nothing held back.

God can take it.

God knows how we feel.

God intimately knows the most agonizing grief in the death of a Child.

During the strongest moments of deep hurt or sharpest times of pain, we can cry out to God in a lament or simple cry, “God help!” knowing God hears. God cares. God is there. And our God, Emmanuel, is here.

© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler

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Monday, June 25, 2012

The healing power of touch


"When Jesus entered Peter's house, He saw the disciple's mother-in-law lying ill with a fever. As Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her, and she arose to serve," Matthew 8:14-15.

"Before sunset, people brought to Jesus those who were sick with various diseases, and when He laid His hands on them, they were healed," Luke 4:40.


Twentieth century medical missionary Paul Brand who worked for years in a leper's colony said, "Of all the senses, touch is most trustworthy. A baby first relates to the world through the sense of touch (...and even)adults somehow believe our tactile sense more readily. 'Tangible' proof is easier to accept."

Throughout our lives, skin gives us a natural way to communicate acceptance, comfort, and love in direct contact with other people. In much the same way, the “skin” of the Church Body of Christ is a vital organ – physically and spiritually – for keeping in touch with one another.


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© 2012, Mary Sayler, all rights reserved. If you share these articles with your church or Bible study group, please let people know where you found them. Thanks. For other Bible topics, follow Blogs by Mary.

May God continue to touch your life in Jesus’ Name.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Christian healing art of blessing


As Jesus taught, “To you who will listen, I say love your enemies. Do good to people who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who treat you badly," Luke 6:27-28.

The Apostle Peter also wrote, "Do not do wrong to repay a wrong. Do not speak ill of others to repay an insult. On the contrary repay others by blessing them! You have been called to do this, and you will receive a blessing," I Peter 3:9.

Blessings bring health to the body, mind, and spirit. Financial blessings can occur too, but the biblical idea is to plant, promote, and nurture well-being – the opposite of which comes with a curse.

Too often people hear cursing, but we are called by Christ to offset that spiritual ill by saying something as simple and healing as "God bless you" to anyone and everyone with whom we have contact. Besides just being pleasant, “God bless you” goes above and beyond, placing the name and power of the Almighty God onto that person or into that situation.

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© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler. If you would like to share this with other people, great! Just let them know where to find the blog. For other articles on a variety of Bible topics, follow Blogs by Mary. Thanks. And may God bless you and help you to be a constant blessing to others.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Christian healing art of art


Artistic endeavors just naturally offer therapeutic value as we express ourselves with pencil, paper, or paint. But what happens if we ask Christ to give us art lessons?

Most likely the Lord will bring to mind what first needs to be addressed, helping us to release old memories or process new emotions too strong for words. Once those inner feelings escape from places where they’ve been doused with dark paint or kept under a tight lid, we’re apt to gain insight into issues that once stopped us from moving into the healing light of Christ.

Obviously, artistic expression helps to rid us of hindrances that inhibit our being healed. But we also encounter healing power in visual arts given to us by others. For example, as we enter a cathedral or view a religious painting by a great master or meditate on an icon or enjoy the artistry of nature, we employ the calming, quieting, healing art of art.

Do you suppose the LORD had this in mind when God described to Moses the godly vision for the first Tent of Meeting? The description included intricate details, not only to fill the Temple, but also to fill a few chapters in Exodus!

God might even want to fill in your name as you read the following verses:

"And the LORD said, 'See, I have called by name [___add your name___] and filled [___you___] with the Spirit of God – with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs…and engage in all kinds of crafts…. And to all who are skillful, I have given the skill and wisdom to make all that I have shown you '," [Exodus 31:1-6.]


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© 2012, Mary Sayler, all rights reserved. For articles on other Bible topics, poetry, and writing, follow Blogs by Mary. May God lead your artistic work and bless your God-given talents to draw others to Christ and the church.
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The healing power of forgiveness


This healing art goes to the heart of illness and ill relationships that arise when a hurt, resentment, grudge, or anger begins to fester. Instead of blaming other people or ourselves, the Bible shows us another way:

"Forgive other people the wrong they have done, and your sins will be forgiven when you pray," Sirach 28:2.

About 180 years later, Jesus similarly said, "When you stand praying, forgive anything you have against anyone, so your Father who is in heaven may also forgive you," Mark 11:25.

And, as most Christians know, Jesus taught us to pray, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive people their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you, but if you do not forgive others for their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses," Matthew 6:12-15.

"Then Peter came up to Jesus and said, 'Lord, how often shall people sin against me, and I forgive them? Seven times?' But Jesus replied, 'I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven,’ " Matthew 18:21-22.

On the night of the Last Supper of the Passover, "Jesus took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to His followers and said, 'Drink of it, all of you, for this is My blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins,’ " Matthew 26:27-28.

"And when they had come to the place called The Skull, they crucified Him with two criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,'" Luke 23:33-34.


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© 2012, Mary Sayler. For a variety of Bible topics, follow Blogs by Mary and be sure to tell your Bible-loving friends. Thanks and blessings.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The healing cleanse of confession

A popular topic in recent times has been the physical healing some find in a "body cleanse" such as juicing or drinking tons of filtered water. More important, though, is the healing power found in cleansing the soul and spirit.

For biblical examples, Jesus' forefather, Judah, and later, King David of the Tribe of Judah remained close to God, not because of their innocence but because they confessed their wrongdoing and sought forgiveness.

In seeking a "soul cleanse," Christians have even more reasons to be assured of God’s forgiving love because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, confessing Christ as our savior and redeemer offers another aspect of the art of Christian healing. Interestingly, though, both types of confession – confessing our sins and confessing salvation in Christ – find healing through confessional prayer and the listening responses of caring people.

Bible sources:

"I confess my iniquity. I am sorry for my sin." [Psalm 38:1]

"Many of those who were believers came, confessing and disclosing their practices." [Acts 19:18]

"So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed." [James 5:16]

A third century Christian martyr, Cyprian, wrote in his "Treatise VIII. On Works and Alms” these words: "Let us then acknowledge, beloved brethren, the wholesome gift of the divine mercy; and let us, who cannot be without some wound of conscience, heal our wounds by the spiritual remedies for the cleansing and purging of our sins. Nor let anyone so flatter himself with the notion of a pure and immaculate heart, as in dependence on his own innocence, to think that the medicine needs not to be applied to his wounds; since it is written, 'Who shall boast that he hath a clean heart, or who shall boast that he is pure from sins?' And again, in his epistle, John lays it down, and says, 'If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.' But if no one can be without sin, and whoever should say that he is without fault is either proud or foolish, how needful, how kind is the divine mercy, which, knowing that there are still found some wounds in those that have been healed, even after their healing, has given wholesome remedies (through prayer, confession, and reconciliation) for the curing and healing of their wounds anew!"

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© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Please do not copy without permission. Thank you, and praise God for giving us fellowship with one another to confess, pardon, and forgive in Jesus’ Name.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Healing power gathered in Jesus’ Name


In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus said, "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My name, I Am in the middle."

A couple hundred years ago, the theologian and historian, Philip Schaff (1819-1893) gathered writings of early Christians who included these words to the church Body of Christ: "Whenever two of us agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of the Father of Jesus who is in heaven. Plainly when this is not done for them of the Father in heaven…, the two have not been in agreement on earth; and this is the cause why we are not heard when we pray, that we do not agree with one another on earth, neither in opinions nor in life.”

Obviously Jesus looked ahead to see the divisiveness that would come after His death, and so in life on earth, He gave His peoples, the church Body of Christ, the sole remedy for our soul cure.

Agree.

Agree – not just to keep the peace or to keep from ruffling fluff, fuzz, and feelings, but to gather up every hard thought, every opinion, every preference, every fear, and everything else ruffling us and place them in the Name of Jesus.

This might simply mean doing something practical and down-to-earth, like praying about every decision and asking ourselves and one another, “Would Jesus want to put His Name on this?” If so, so be it, which is another way of saying, “Amen.”

When we gather in Jesus’ Name to seek and agree with His will over ours, the N for No moves from the front of the very word, Name, and places that N at the end, giving us Jesus’ Name, Jesus’ aim, Jesus' I Am, Jesus’ Amen.

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© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Please do not copy without permission. Thank you, and thank God for helping us to get ourselves together and gather everything into Jesus’ Name.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

The healing power of common union in our church Body of Christ

On the Christian Poets and Writers blog, a vine pattern illustrates the connection Christ wants His people to have with Him before we go running off, as I’m apt to do, in all directions. In Him, The Vine – our stout connection between heaven and earth, between the spiritual world and the physical – we live and move and have our being. Otherwise, we wither with no fruitful effect to our work or lives.

This blog, however, is directed, not toward our own work, but toward the healing ministry of Jesus Christ flowing in and through Christians and the Body of Christ, the church. And so the vibrant patterns of this blog’s background reminds us of blood cells– bright purple cells to show our living connection with royalty through the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings.

Because Jesus Himself gave His followers bread and wine as the Lord’s Supper at the Last Supper, the Body of Christ appears to us in the host or elements served as bread and wine in the Eucharist or communion. The early Christians understood the necessity for this close physical connectedness, especially during times of persecution, and the Apostles understood, too, how the Lord’s Supper acted as a re-minder or re-enactment of their last blessed time together as a family group, lounging around the dinner table. Obviously, then, this communion or common-union with one another is something Jesus wanted the Family of Christ to do always in remembrance of Him but also to re-member church members by getting us together and, like a vine, draw us and entwine us into one Body, mind, and spiritual purpose.

When we think about Christ as The Vine, we can easily see how evangelical that symbol becomes as it reaches into the community, spreading the Good News of God’s love and Christ’s salvation. Preaching, teaching, writing, and stretching our gifts and talents have potent effects in touching, reaching, and drawing others to Christ. And, yet, the church is more than a vine. It’s a heart.

At the very heart of the Body of Christ is The Divine Heart of heaven and earth – a pure and perfect heart that pumps redemptive blood through the body, keeping us pure, cleansed, vibrant, and healed. That’s getting physical! But this pure and perfectly loving heart is also a spiritual heart that cleanses away toxins and impurities such as anger, grudges, resentments, wrong motives, fear, and even the viral effects of self-pity.

So whether our need for healing is physical, mental, or spiritual, the stout, strong, and perfect heart of Jesus Christ connects our lives with His and one another through interconnected veins and arteries. This sacred heart keeps us alive as individual members and as vital blood cells in the Body of Christ at work today, circulating throughout the whole world.

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© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Please do not copy without permission. Thank you, and God bless.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

The healing art of love

Poem by Mary Sayler, dedicated to God and a Crazy Old Woman:



At The Altar, Railing

Long before I saw her coming down the aisle,
I heard her animated conversation with the air.
Apparently, spirits loomed everywhere her
mind and body moved. This would not have
been my problem to solve, much less prove,
except for being my turn to pray for anyone
who came my way with need. I told my pastor,
"I'm not ready for this!" but he did not heed
one word of what I said. Instead he answered
something I never will forget as I stood there,
hovering between prayer or fear and flight. The
very sight of this gnarled old woman frightened
me beyond belief, but somehow I received what
I believed to be a benediction:

"All she needs is loving."

"All she needs…," I thought, wondering if my pastor
bought that word himself! And yet I no longer felt
distraught. Calmed by freeing truth and strength not
mine, I offered the babbling woman hushed prayers
beneath my breath then reached, palm out, with a
tentative touch. Much to my amazement, she laid
her wrinkled cheek against my shoulder, soaked
previously in prayer, and rested there in the spirit.
I'd never seen anything like it! That scary old woman,
crazy and wild, laid her head on my shoulder like a
comforted child and freed me of a long-abiding fear.




(c) 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved.