"Welcome to my blog space. I believe that God has carefully placed gems in our paths to fill our days with joy. The challenge for us is to take the time to notice them. My desire is to share the gems in my life so that, hopefully, you will see the ones He's placed in yours. I hope what you read here will be worth your time and you'll want to return often." - Cathy

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Rags for Old

Walter Wangerin, Jr., a Lutheran Pastor, has been one of my favorite authors for many years. I've read just about everything he has written. I was pleased to find a you tube video of him reading one of his most popular stories. I couldn't wait to share it with you.

He has been a professor at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana since 1991, where he teaches literature, theology, creative writing, and is writer-in-residence. Wangerin is the author of over thirty novels, numerous children's books, plays, and holds many awards for his short stories and essays.

Click the link below to hear the story of "The Ragman" as told by Walter. I hope it touches you that way it touched me when I first read it.


Blessings of joy to you and yours today-



  1. Cathy,
    I love the ragman story. I used it on my site several weeks ago. Thank you for sharing it with others.
    Blessings to you!
    Heart Hugs,

    1. Thanks for the Heart Hugs, Glenda. I was so tickled to find this video. I'm glad others are sharing it with their readers, too. Blessings to you and yours today.

  2. I lovely interlude in my day. Inspiring story through words and music. Thank you for directing me. He's a favorite author of mine as well.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jane. I'm glad you were blessed by this story and song. I love your newsletter and look forward to receiving it each month.

  3. That was my first time to hear that story. Wonderful! The song at the end was inspiring too!