Wide Open Spaces


Francesca H. (2017)

The Beauty of Solitude

The Beauty of not being afraid to be alone

Of knowing God always resides within

That His Creation rests all about

Inside and Out

Outside and In

Love God in all Creation.

Love all Creation for God’s sake.






Be Free

That’s why Jesus died

You are a Child of God

Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb

Co-Heir to Christ’s Glory *

* For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”

The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

—Romans 8:14-17 (NABRE)


by Howard Hain, drawn from the artwork above


4 thoughts on “Wide Open Spaces

  1. Augie Ricciardi says:

    Tell Francesca her nickname is now Country. Context, this family lived in the city but had a place in the country to enjoy, breath the fresh air, gather around the campfire, read books, and play old fashioned family board and card games. Many years ago a family member was asked what do you like best, the city, or the country? Tom said, “The city.” And from that day forward he was known as City, although we often called him El Cid. Francesca, may your days be filled with much joy and adventures in both the city and the country. Each can make our lives interesting, filled with adventures, joys and occasional sorrows. May you and your family have a very holy, healthy, and happy 2018.


  2. Mrs. Donna Wilson says:

    Reminds me of Romans 5:2 in Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase “The Message”

    And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.


  3. In Mark’s Gospel,”When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases…”
    Can you imagine this the whole town shows up at the door? His door is open. He does not send them away. He is wide-eyed and sees each one’s needs


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