Crossing the Bar
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
It’s been difficult navigating these new waters since I had to say goodbye to my Mami. No one prepares you for the loss of someone you cherish so deeply. There are days when her memories bring about joy and laughter and yet at other times, tears and grief. There are oftentimes uncontrolled tears that run down my cheeks upon visiting a store or listening to a song on the radio.
Yet, I feel His love and constant care when He allows me to walk alongside my Mami as I slumber.
Through all of the ups and downs, these choppy waters remind me that even the wind and the waves obey Him (Mark 4:35-41). I find myself on my knees often, praising Him for the truth in His word, the gracious Hope that He has given to all that believe. I’ll see my Mami again, this I know, it just hurts waiting on this side of heaven.
A Humble Stew – Sausage and Potatoes
What keeps me moving forward, in joy, are the simple things that the Lord has given me right now. A faithful and loving husband, children that keep my life filled in everything good, and my comfort in cooking them nourishing food.
On the days I feel a bit low, I enjoy cooking simple food – food that reminds me of my Mami and the warmth that she carried with her, deep within her soul. That’s the kind of food that brings comfort to me. Simple, humble, peasant food.
This is a simple humble meal of sausages and potatoes.
- 2 tbsp, extra virgin olive oil
- 1 leek (about 2 cups), cleaned and sliced
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 jar Jovial crushed tomatoes
- 4 medium potatoes. roughly chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 4 farm-crafted sausage links
- In a large heavy-bottomed pan, gently bring 2 tbsp of olive oil to heat. Add the leeks, onions, garlic, and salt and saute until the leeks and onion start to soften, 2-3 minutes.
- Once the leeks and onions have softened, add the crushed tomatoes and bring to a gentle boil. Once it just begins to boil, lower the heat and simmer until the tomatoes have thickened and deepened in flavor (go ahead, give it a taste), 8-10 minutes.
- Once the sauce has developed in flavor, mix in the chicken broth and chopped potatoes. Top with the farm-crafted sausages, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, cover, lower the heat to low, and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Although simple enough to make, the flavors are deepened by frying the tomato sauce and adding good homemade chicken broth. It nourishes and comforts.
I will always miss my Mami, but I am thankful for these dishes that remind me, life isn’t always easy but it’s always good because God is good.
In His Name,