For the Lenten Photo Invitation If you look closely, there are three whales in this picture-a mama whale, a baby whale, and in the background, their escort. An escort whale is an example of faithfulness. The male escort is not the daddy, but he escorts the mama and baby from here (Maui) to the Gulf of Alaska. He is truly faithful. While we were there, the mama and baby frolicked away while the escort stood guard for well over an hour. At one point, while mama and baby were playing, the escort dove underneath the pontoon boat and sang. The water and the canvas of the boat combined to communicate the song to our ears beautifully. At the end, all three came together, headed towards our pontoon boat, and bid us adieu. It was truly a miraculous moment. Thoughts to ponder - What is worthy of
Today's photo invitation is "Hope." I have spent 24 hours wondering what hope is. What is the evidence of hope? What is hope? Where do we find it? In my mind's eye, I kept returning to children. But then I stumbled across this reading in Visions and Longings: Medieval Women Mystics. This is by Beatrijs of Nazareth, a Beguine. I thought, this is hope. How we love, who we love, what we love, who we are loved by, who we yearn to love... Love is hope. Hope is love.
For a lovely post on nurturing, please visit Becca Givens' blog at beccagivens.wordpress.com Nurturing Thursday - Understanding. I'll get you started: Seed of Understanding “The people who are hardest to love usually need love the most. Outer prickles mask inner pain and sadness. Love the pric..."