New Book: Patterns of Light, Poems by JS Hartman

I want to share a poem with you from the next OWL of Hope book (it’s at the bottom this message). The book is called Patterns of Light: Poetry by J.S. Hartman. It’s my honor to work with my dad on this book.

The book features 100 of his most loved poems and folk songs including As Angels Watched, Stop that Tot!, and Everyday is Christmas. He wrote many of the poems during his time as an Army Chaplain, though he began writing poems when he was 17 years old and is still writing poems today.

The cover of the book features a picture of one of his beautiful stained glass arrangements. The book also features several useable original stained glass patterns he designed.

Many of the poems minister to people experiencing grief. His newest poem I’m Here! is dedicated to his mother who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002.

We would like to share one of the poems with you now and we hope you enjoy it.


“Things must get better than they are!”
These words are often said.
We’re wishing for next year to come.
Next year we might be dead!

Ironic as these future dreams
We cast away today,
And then remember “Yesterdays”
And wish it were that way.

It’s nice to look for better things,
To wish upon a star,
But don’t you think some things are nice
Just the way they are?

Let’s live each day and thank God for
Whatever comes our way.
The storm clouds or the bright sunshine
Are ours for just today!

To truly live this present hour
Will give us grace to say:
“Today’s my great tomorrow
And my glorious yesterday!”

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at and link to her on Facebook.

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