Photos on the journey #459

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Ah, the signature plant of West Texas. There is probably no other weed, other than perhaps the dandelion, that has been paid so much attention.

I found that the tumbleweed has been used as the name for: bars, saloons, songs, movies, a comic strip, dance halls, newspapers, people’s name, commercial farm, a gymnastic club, musical group, restaurants, youth center, bookstore, and the title of a book. There is even a heath center in Arizona named after the tumbleweed albeit defined as “Arizona’s Premier Medical Cannabis Education Center” so perhaps it is a “twist” on the name.

Honest to God, as a child growing up in west Texas, my parents gathered them, painted them gold ,silver, green or red, then piled them pyramid stye in a corner of the house, hung decorations on them and we called it  a “Christmas” tree. I thought we were just innovative, not poor.

They were either a cause or a product of the dust bowl. The saddest use I heard was in the Ken Burn’s documentary on the Dust Bowl. An older lady described that while growing up on a farm trying to eek out life in the bowl, she and her sister were given the painful task of gathering the weeds and then with their bare feet having to crush them for use as fodder for beast and family. Now, that was someone who was indeed poor, innovative and desperate.

Peaceout †††en theos ††† jlawrence

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #325

“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it.”“Well, why don’t you ask Him?”“Because I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.”…..AnonymousI read this quote once before in Richard Stearns’ book A Hole in the Gospel. It hit me like a kick in the groin, but a choose to ignore it and go on about my life. Kind of just like I did after spending some time with these orphaned kids in India. Somebody ought to do something about this!Yesterday, I was in the start of a new read Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker and I got a second kick. How long will I ignore it this time?Sometimes you deserve a kick in the groin while cruising along on your comfortable journey, you’ve earned it. ††††††††††††††††nada te turbe††††††††jim

via Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #325.

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #325

“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it.”

“Well, why don’t you ask Him?”

“Because I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.”…..Anonymous

I read this quote once before in Richard Stearns’ book A Hole in the Gospel.  It hit me like a kick in the groin, but I choose to ignore it and go on about my life. Kind of just like I did after spending some time with these orphaned kids in India. Somebody ought to do something about this!

Yesterday, I was in the start of a new read Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker and I got a second kick. How long will I ignore it this time?

Sometimes you deserve a kick in the groin while cruising along on your comfortable journey, you’ve earned it. ††††††††††††††††nada te turbe††††††††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #77

“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
Luke 9:47-49……….So who are you welcoming, touching, feeding……..reach out, there is a whole lot of hurt out there……….nada te turbe… …jim