They came through town …

A message was sent around via friends and churches that a group, two busses,  of the detainees were coming briefly to ABQ.   I got the message Friday and announced on Sunday an opportuniy to my church people.  The mostly men in the group needed ..well… everything as they were being let out of detention and taken to reunite with their children.  We were asked to provide what we could, clothes, backpacks, shoelaces,  snacks, stuffed animals, small portable toys…

A friend was part of the group helping to coordinate and organize this effort By Tuesday  said they had all they needed from folks all over.   They donated any leftovers to local sheltears.

When the busses pulled up a group of tired, frightened, suspicious, and curious  men got off not knowing what  was going to happen next.   When it was explained that the good hearted folk  of Albuquerque had provided all of these things for them, a good hot meal, supplies they needed, all of the basics, they were thrilled, .   They had not been told here they were going or that there were plans to get them together with their children.

A different group of men reborded the bus.  They were fed, clothed, relaxed, smiling more,and much more relaxed,  in a few hours they would be with their kids.


One man said as he got on the bus,  This is the America I expected when I left home, I am happy finally to have found her,

Friends, much work to be done.

God abide




Stravinsky: Petrouchka

I’ve missed you all hope you are well.

When I was a senior in high school and president of the drama club, the Jesters, I was called one morning by our teacher and asked to go to the Columbus Ohio board of education office to spend the day as the radio announcer for the Board’s radio station. My mom took me down and I was to be picked up at 4. I walked into the building and was hustled up to the small studio, introduced to the director, and then given a notebook with page by page things to read between the music that was played.
I sat down and off I went. It was fun for the most part. The director was a kindly man and we would chat in between the numbers. This day was their Classical Music day. Which really presented few challenges but I thought after a while I should read ahead in the script and see if there was anything I couldn’t or didn’t know how to pronounce. And there I saw it. Petrouchka.
I asked the director how to pronounce that and he said…don’t know. So I did a couple of more breaks and when the next recording started I went down the hall to find someone to pronounce this for me. I had 4 minutes. So I walked here and there in the offices and asked folk how to pronounce it. No one knew. I did this several times. But as we were approaching that piece the director smiled, chuckled, and said. Well good luck.

I pronounced it the best I could. I could see the director laughing in the other room. After the
piece started I said…Oh my what did I say? He was still laughing. I had to recover from laughing with him to make the next announcement about a happening with the school board and
a play being put on in one of the high schools.

When the break came the phone rang in the directors booth. I could hear him say, her name is Bobbie Giltz, ….she’s a senior at Whetstone, ….she said it right?! …thank you for letting us know.

A teacher from one of the schools had called in apparently amazed that what ever it was I said in pronouncing “Petrouchka” was right. Then the director and I did laugh.

The day went on and 3:45 came and I was leaving to meet my Mom when the director told me it was really a fun day for him

.All too often we don’t take risks. Risks in sharing our faith, or helping a stranger, or doing something bold outside our usual expectations. Step out friends today and take a risk. Use the brains God gave you to make a difference in the world. Look at a mystery before you and take a chance that you can ‘say’ it just right as well. And laugh….You may just get it right.
God abide with you
Bobbie Giltz McGarey

that in-between

So Friends, here we are in that in between time in the Church yearly cycle.  We celebrated the joy of Easter, of the Resurrection,  of the New Life promise revealed…

and we wait for Pentecost.

So, In the scriptures in the Gospel of John chapter 20 Jesus goes into the room that was locked because the disciples were afraid.  “Peace be with you.”   That should be enough.  God’s peace brought to you by God’s son.   Then he breathes on them.  This breath of life, foreshadowing the coming of the Holy Spirit.  But Jesus fills the disciples with the  assignment to go and be about the work of the Kingdom that they had witnessed up close.   Now it’s up to you.

Wait, wait, I hear you say.  Up to me?  I don’t think so.  Well God thinks so. God knows so.

In this Inbetween—time we come to discern what it is we will do when we are reminded how all are touched by the Holy Spirit.

But its not easy when there are things that are exciting and frightening.   There are missles flying toward one another without a certainty that this is the right thing to do to a country and a people already living in rubble.  True, there are leaders who are killing their own people.  A change  of those who care for power not people

Somehow  we still live in hope that peace, Christ’s Peace can overcome even this chaos in our world.   We are all so hopeful that miracles can happen.  That people can listen to and love one another…Like Jesus told the disciples…all disciples to love one another.  What would that look like in the world?  I hope I know.

Psalm 27 has a line…”I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”. “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Insert deep sigh and read those verses again and again until you find peace. 

God Abides and I thank God

Bobbie Giltz McGarey

April 14, 2018

currently in Bethlehem, PA


Ian Maurice Metzgar April 1, 2018

Continue reading “that in-between”

New Mexico Sky

NewLife Presbyterian Church

If you live in New Mexico you are ever grateful for digital cameras.  Why?  Because there are so many awesome sights that come our way.  We have amazing sunrises in ABQ as the West Valley gets light before the sun rises over the Eastern Mountains.  The Sunsets are amazing too offering many

OOOOOO-AHHH moments.  The fun part of the sunset is watching the seasons change as the sun sets in different places on the horizon during the varied times of the year.

The above photo I took last year.  I loved the way the windows at church captured the reflection of

the of the sky to the south too.

So, a digital camera that allows you to snap the images as they happen and then again if the first time wasn’t the best is super.

What do you reflect?  Looking at your life where are the OOOO-AHHH moments?  What times in your life did you stop and take a breath and enjoy that moment and be grateful?  What times did you find yourself shutting out the time because it was too painful or uncomfortable?  You don’t have any of these times?  Good or Bad?

Then I suggest you wake up to the day, to each and every day that you have, and say thank you for another day.

And perhaps start that day with the intention of saying OOOOO-AHHH to something you see or experience or ….

Write it down

God Abides

Bobbie Giltz McGarey


A week old

On Easter no joke

last week My daughter Betsy had their second baby,  Ian Maurice Metzgar.  What an amazing week we’ve had coming Ti know him.  He was already very present when he was born and and since continued to grow into a darling boy.  He is named after my Daddy, Maurice.  Our sin John also carries this name.  It was my Great Uncles name as well.

This little one is already carving s place in this world.  Joy.  Bringing joy eliciting joy in the faces of all the people encountered.

How can it only be one week since Easter.   A week so packed with newness.  Meeting sister Maggie Mae. And she meeting him.  Joy joy joy.

The disciples encountered Jesus beside the tomb, walking down the road , cooking and eating with them on the lakeshore,    Appearing in the locked room  bringing them peace.

Peace is what we need in these days.  Peace is what we could be praying for constantly. God, in your mercy grant us peace.

Time flies   And for that I am ever thankful

May the way be cleared for this family bringing charity and love all their lives together.

God hear my prayer for my son Johnny and sweet wife Cristi  give them  strength.

Take care of me and John   Make the path  true   And clear

God abide  it feels like a new year

God abides


Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Pastor New Life PCUSA albuquerque. NM



The colors of the sky

I have always been fascinated by colors. My granddaddy was color blind and i could never really imagine how that may be. Oh I know I grew up with b+w TV. But that is different somehow. What if all you saw were textures and varied brightness? I had a boyfriend once who was colorblind. When I found that out I realized why he hadn’t commented on what I wore…most of my clothes must have looked the same to him.

But we here In NM have a gift of beautiful sunsets.

Look at that color. Micki took that photo. It just jumps out at you and draws you into the colors. The peach, orange, blue, grey, all these colors that come for a second and can be gone just as fast.

There is something immediate about beauty.. It often surprises us and then disappears. It is hard to capture true beauty. But there are snaps of it.. When your find beauty breathe it in so that it becomes a part of you. Then the beauty won’t disappear.

Be beauty yourself. Be love and giving yourself. Be hope and mercy yourself. You can do this. I just know you can.

Color your world with your living.

God abides

Bobbie Giltz McGarey


Is it Spring yet?

Ok ok I know it has only officially been winter for a few weeks … but I’m ready for Spring. Truth be told we here in ABQ haven’t really had winter. A few chilly mornings, sure. But no winter. No snow. No really cold days the kind that make your dog balk at the door not wanting to go outside. I also recognize that February and March can still be cold. Enter deep sigh.

Mainly I’m wanting the Spring that brings hopefulness. That sees the day light stretching out. That breaks the back of gloom that seems to prevail. See?

Well I know whining about this won’t make the time speed ahead. Perhaps I’ll shift my head perspective. Looking for good things…Thinking about frisbee in the park…or walking in the golf course…or riding a bike!!

God abide

Bobbie Giltz McGarey