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Since moving to Denison TX over a year ago, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church has been masked behind scaffolding while being restored to her former glory.

I drove by with a setting sun reflecting off the grand old building. She is a seemingly difficult subject when trying to expound the glorious complexity of the over one hundred year old structure.

I would have never thought that I would be trying on a black and white software treatment (NIK Silver Efex Pro 2), But the black and white just seemed to bring out the  resplendent structure.

Resting in His arms, waiting to become. ††† monos en theos ††† jasL

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #715– TURN TURN TURN

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To everything there is a season:

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

enjoy thing promise that comes with spring! en theos monos †††jim

IMAGES OF SMALL – THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #665 – Feeling Blue?

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Grandfalls Texas, Multi-Denominational Church

We were driving home from a afternoon of hard work, as if getting to make photographs for a living should ever be considered hard. But photography was taught to me as an 80% furniture moving & 20% photography kind of operation. Anyhow, I was tired and my back was aching.

We have driven by this church many times. I have stopped to photograph it during daylight, but this time it was late dusk on a Wednesday night. The structure was aglow with cool blue light and warmth from within.

The photograph could and should have been a lot better. The highlights are blown out and I wasn’t sure if I liked the lights of the oilfield trucks that just keep on coming by. Still, the image stands up for me. Mainly because I took the effort to stop and record a visual opportunity.

So often I have zipped on past such offerings and then beat myself up for days and weeks for the would of, should of, could of thinking. So it stands as much more than just an image of a church in passing.

We also were blessed by the spirit of old hymns drifting to us between the rumble of passing trucks. I have often wondered how the heck can a multi-denominational church work?  I have only attended single denomination churches and the bickering there amongst like minded folks has most often driven me away. Yepp, it was worth the stop.

Go with the flow and stop for the know.   en theos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL – THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #654 – STILL AWAITING THIS NEW HEART THING!

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Ezekiel 36:26:

” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh”.

stay cool while you wait ††† en theos ††† jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #632 – SATURDAY WHAT?

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Let’s see we have Good Friday, Black Friday but no colorful adjectives for Saturday.

I made this image on Sunday evening November 10 in Kerrville TX. I went to bed with a cough that evening and I have been sick ever since. I’ve had one or two almost okay days only to slip back under the covers. I think I forgot to leave something at the cross and that I picked something up instead. Just tired of coughing, hacking, fighting headaches. fever and sore lungs. It has been a really lousy three weeks and I am really wanting to lose this crud….

Blessing on you ††† en theos ††† j

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #631- GIVE THANKS

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“You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today…. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”   Brother David Steindl-Rast

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”… Matthew 25:35

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – ENJOY YOUR BLESSINGS †††en theos †††jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #628 – Follow your song!

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At every turn in every day we are presented with angels in a thousand guises, each calling us to follow their song. There is no right or wrong way to go, and only your heart can find the appointments you are born to keep. It’s hard to take this risk, but meeting each uncertainty with an open heart will lead us to an authentic tomorrow.”      ©Mark Nepo

So, what’s up for your tomorrow? ††† en theos ††† jim