By Jane K. Kretschmann

Not as a ghost come to startle us in-
            to submission or scare us from our sin,
but as a mother, after her child cries
            from injury while misbehaving, sighs,

applies an ointment, kisses the hurt place,
            then gently, firmly looking face to face,
again teaches the truth of how to live,
            promising to always be near to give

help, comfort and support, before she sends
            the child to its father to make amends—
just so the Holy Spirit intercedes
            and advocates for us in our needs.


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Serenity and Strength
By Jane Collin


  Jane Kretschmann teaches at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio, and is a member of the writer's club. Her poems have appeared in print and online journals in Ohio and Arizona.

Parish: St. James Episcopal Church - Piqua, Ohio

Working primarily in transparent watercolor, Jane Collin's work reflects her love of children and the human form. She studied at the Woodstock School of Art and has a Master's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Jane Collin is a member of numerous art guilds and societies, and her works are in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

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Parish: St. Mary Magdalene - Coral Springs, Florida


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