River she keeps rolling….

blog river
Sometimes it cuts through sudden,   the blade of old ache,
so sharp it slices into the tender parts of who we are;
funny how a season soaked in merry-making
can shake loose the pain,
send it fumbling  from where it lay buried alive
and this,  too,  is gift

because sometimes in the wreckage we settle too soon
and the nails we drive to prop us up
can become the cages we can’t shake

But river Love,  she keeps rolling
a healing,  cleansing tide,
a swell of  saving connection
showing the worth and weight of our life


And river she holds the strength and supply,  the secrets,  the stories,  the songs,
pulsing and swirling and telling
you are cherished and seen….you belong.

What if we don’t numb it back down,  braveheart,
when low thunder of grief starts to roll
remember what our true selves long for,
feel again what our hearts used to know
we were born for those wild living waters
so whatever the season may bring

just lean,  really lean,
simply lean your way in,
wade out from the shoreline or leap into the deep,
Love is the river and keeper and giver
the flying,
the thriving,
the wings.


You are very much embraced
even when all is not merry or bright.
Lean into it.

“Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving
that transcends time and space.”

-from Interstellar

I want to give away a copy of my December issue of Ripplesongs,
the holiday issue.
Leave a comment and you’re in for the drawing:)
With a whole lot of love.


  1. Elephant's Child on November 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    ‘Love is the river and keeper and giver
    the flying,
    the thriving,
    the wings.’
    How wonderful to be reminded of this today, when regrets and heart-ache are claiming centre stage.
    Grateful hugs.

    • jennifer on December 4, 2014 at 8:21 am

      thanks for working your way through that long awkward post, friend.
      I’ve carved it down a lot since you read:)
      sometimes the words get stuck; this was one of those.
      I appreciate you:)

  2. Barbara on November 30, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    How true that Love is there waiting to wash us and heal us. It’s also true that we shouldn’t numb to the pain, because then we’re numb to the joy that follows! Beautiful post, Jennnifer! Wishing you a beautiful week full of Love!

    • jennifer on December 4, 2014 at 8:22 am

      thanks for working through that long awkward post with me, friend:)
      I appreciate you,

  3. Lady Fi on November 30, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    What a lovely reminder and inspirational post.

    • jennifer on December 4, 2014 at 8:22 am

      thanks friend:)

  4. Rebecca on December 1, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you so much, old friend, for these wise and beautiful words. Just what I needed today. I feel better, clearer, me again, thanks to you.

    • jennifer on December 4, 2014 at 8:22 am

      I so appreciate your encouragement, Rebecca; it’s funny how life sends
      shining gifts at exactly the moment you need them:)

  5. Kathryn on December 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Ah, Jennifer, you never cease to amaze me, and touch my heart…”when low thunder of grief starts to roll, remember what our true selves long for…” . Your words find me when I need them most! There is a heart pain I seem unable to shake…I know you understand it. And, I HAVE to tell you about the HUGE grin you got from me when I read your Interstellar quote!!! That line about love transcending…I saw the movie last week with my son, and that line GOT me. I keep playing it over and over in my head like a mantra. It makes me wildly happy to know that there are more humans who learn the depth of LOVE. “Love is all you need…”

    • jennifer on December 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Kathy…..I love the way you love:)
      And see. And feel it all so big.
      I appreciate you huge,

  6. gotham girl on December 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    …the blade of old ache…love that! Beautiful…inspirational…Love!

    • jennifer on December 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

      thanks and hope you’re beautiful heart is light:)

  7. Lee Ann G. on December 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    You are so right on Jennifer. During the merry making time…it can often shake lose those pains we’ve buried..mostly I think in order to survive through the pain in the first place. You sure can put your feelings and words into a great word picture. A very special gift you have my friend.

    Keep on rolling with that stream and remember to wave to me as you go by.. I will be the one with my hands together in the shape of a heart waving back to you!
    Lee Ann

    • jennifer on December 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Rolling, rolling…..hello over there, friend!
      Waving with love:)

  8. Kimber Britner on December 4, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I too have been chewing on this realm of Love that transcends all borders.Love this refreshment!

    • jennifer on December 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      Isn’t it kind of mind-blowing?!?
      I love where this river is taking me.
      Thanks for sharing your beautiful heart,

  9. Cindy Long on December 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

    But river Love, she keeps rolling
    a healing, cleansing tide,
    What a beautiful thing to remember…thanks for your heart on display through words of real..so refreshing!

    • jennifer on December 7, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks for cheering for me so lovingly, friend; your words are a life-giving stream:)
      I appreciate you so big:)

  10. Susan on December 4, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I like this leaning in … feels real good

    • jennifer on December 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      I’m glad we’re leaning in
      love and cheers,

  11. Lindsay on December 5, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Ohh such tender words, they make me smile. I’ve felt a storm or 2 (eh 3) the last few weeks and knowing there is love which heals it all…. ahhhh, yes!! 🙂

    Never heard of Ripplesongs… guess that means I’ve been gone too long. I’ll see if I can find an evening (with a cup of tea), to find out all about it. 🙂


    • jennifer on December 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      So glad for your beautiful smile:)
      Head over to my little etsy store, if you like (it’s on my sidebar)
      and see what I’ve been up to; making my heart sing, it is:)

  12. Donna on December 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    These words are rolling through me like a river…such profound words that are deep coming from you and leaving us happier for reading them….’can become the cages we can’t shake’ so very true!

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