Sometimes, there is either no time or no energy to do the things that I aspire to do. So, this week, I have no art. For two weeks running, I have not had/taken the time on Mondays to create. Mondays are my set aside day for Sabbath. In general, I try to participate in life-giving activities on Mondays. Visiting my therapist/spiritual director, creating art, Bible study. and such. Even as I typed that, I realized it isn't true! My entire last week was full of Bible study, word study, and appreciating creation. I took some photos. And don't we know that photography is an art? So, I'll share them here a bit. Last week, I was Camp Pastor for a church camp of senior high students. It was busy. Basically 7 messages in 7 days (and preparing a sermon upon my return). So...plen...
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Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person. And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting incidents or natural disasters. So today I would like you to put yourself, through your imagination and pictures, in places you might be uncomfortable with. I have chosen three pictures only two are images that may disturb you or make you uncomfortable. The third is a quiet scene and I would like you to ask compare your feelings of that scene with the others. This is not my usual spiritual practice but using our imagination to be in a place of comfort or discomfort is
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And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 FAITH, HOPE, LOVE faith, hope, love in faith an elderly Priest and his wife waited for their first child in faith a maiden utters the words “Here Am I” in love a child leaps in the womb at the approach of the pregnant Mary in love a bridegroom takes a pregnant girl as his wife in love Mary lays her first born in a manger in love the angels sang and a star appeared in hope the shepherds came to the stable in hope Magi followed a star to kneel at the feet of a carpenters son Faith, Hope, Love all three were needed for the greatest of miracles but it was Love that conquered all -- Ruth Jewell, December 21, 2015 Meditations for a Mindful Advent Queen Anne