At first glance my thought was gez Louise, can’t we cut Jane some slack and just get over it. There seems to be such contradiction in all the messages, and are we listening to our Boss?
Add to that the truck was parked outside a local church food pantry, so the driver was either in line or serving the line.
At least he has an opinion and perhaps is working on change. As we all should be…monos en theos…jim
HE IS ARISEN INDEED!
I am sure that I could not count the number of posts that are “arisen” today.
Just as I am sure of the number of followers that had turned their backs on this morning.
I would have been one.
I am one who turns my back even today.
but Ever so often He taps me on the shoulder
And assures me, that He is still here.
I may not stand in a church and loudly proclaim.
Yet in the quiet of a rising sun
He speaks to me
and I to Him.
HE IS ARISEN INDEED!
en theos monos ††† jim
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
As I photographer, I have most often looked forward to making images during that “golden hour”. That thirty minutes before and after sunrise & sunset. Recently I have been introduced to “light painting”, which pretty much means bringing my camera out after dark and using flashlights and such to light things that are otherwise unseen. Last night I was outside looking at the almost full moon and just for the heck of it brought my camera out, cranked up the ISO to 1600 and set about to just see what was out there that my eyes did not see.
Both of these images are not manipulated in photoshop other than some exposure adjustments and running them through some noise reduction software. I was amazed at what there is unseen out there.
It reminded me of laying on my back at night in the back yard as a youngster and staring in wonder at the depth of the West Texas sky. I always wondered where does it all end. Some sixty years later, I still ponder that question, but the answer comes that it never ends,
Enjoy life, see what you never stop to see! en theos ††† jim
“Trees have always fascinated me, They are so confident, so sure of their identity.Feet rooted strong in the ground of their birth, they don’t wander off to find out where they came from. Instead as they grow, their roots go farther into the ground where they are and branches reach up higher to God.” Emily P Freeman from a million little ways
The power of words from the observation of a simple tree. en theos ††† jim
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
So I have been told. The trick is to then slow down enough to hear Him!
Peace out ††† en theos ††† jim
If you happen to be traveling through Kerrville,TX, do yourself a favor, drive up a small but well marked route to visit the 77′ 7″ cross. You can’t hardly miss the place. It is located above a Ford dealership. The car lot is brightly lit up at night and is much more distracting than the illumination of the cross. I might know that God would prefer Fords’ and I drive a Chevy. Hey. it’s okay, Peter most likely would have driven a Chevrolet also.
The cross had its’ share of a troubled road shrouded in a God versus freedom and separation thing. Once you take the time to quiet yourself, allow the awe of the massive cross diminish, there is a huge amount of peace and calming presence to be seen and felt. From the detail in the life sized sculptures to the outpouring of hearts in the form of sharpie written notes written on the limestone rocks that line the paths, there is an amazing amount of hope and peace to be found.
I found the sculpture depicting Jesus washing Peter’s feet had an immense pull. I could hear Peter’s passionate grumbling of “no way Jose”. He sits with the traffic of I-10 streaming past in the background ready to bolt and run. Jesus is submissive, yet strong in his humbling teaching task.
Where would you run to? ††† en theos ††† jim
“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
We have a lot of ice and sleet and while it looks like a bit of a winter wonderland. The cold air cuts through my recovering lungs like a razor. So, I am kind of stuck inside with the warmth of a fire and my loving wife.
While looking through images gone past, I found an interesting pair of matching designs from two totally different origins. The one on the left is a New Mexico designed door, and the image on the right is a God designed assassin beetle.
Kind of makes you aware of where the grand sense of design begins. ††† en theos ††† jim