This book is a collection of the
writings, mostly in free verse, done over the last 40 years. The writings are from those printed in the Lutheran
Standard, the American Lutheran Church Women Scope, the Lutheran
Ambassador, the Sioux
column Country Style and for various church, family, or community
events. Her family encouraged her to
compile all her writings into one book.
It is divided into six sections:
Country Days, Nature Entertains, Family . . . and Other People,
Special Days, Unto Thee, O Lord, Do I Lift Up My Voice, Conversations With
The pictures at the beginning of each chapter and
on the cover are of Doris' grandchildren and
great grandchild when they were children.
RECEIVING THE WORD
Sometimes your Word comes as a pink dawn,
filtering into my remembrance
and turning my night into day.
At times it arrives like lightning
striking at a vital part of me
and the message hits home.
Often it falls as a summer rain
on my parched and thirsty heart,
and I am refreshed and revived.
Frequently it settles like a sunset
and gives my whole world a golden glow
even clouds take on the color of your
O Lord, I am glad that I am yours
and that you reach me
through your Word.
Stensland published in ALCW Scope, 1974, and in her book, On the Back
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