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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
It reminds me of the first lines of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Nor fade nor wane away;
Bind us till life we finish
And in the grave we lay.
Pure love leads to perfection,
Joy of our soul and guide,
Gives us true satisfaction,
And leads to heaven's light.
("Our Love Shall Not Diminish", Zion's Harp #137, v. 1, 6)
Yes, I love the candid shot. The almost and altogether divine instant when a mechanical shutter releases at precisely the right time to capture a fleeting moment. As a friend with a practiced eye pointed out about this shot, "what a moment on that one!". I couldn't agree more.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Have you built up a resistance
To the sun and to the rain?
Is your life in need of healing
From the heartache and the pain?
Jesus calls to all the searching
To cast your every care on him.
For he offers living water
You will never thirst again.
Have you wandered in the desert
Seeking refuge for too long?
Have the sands of disappointment
Hidden your heart’s song?
A refreshing spring is flowing
For your parched and barren soul.
Come and drink the cup of mercy
For it makes the sinner whole.
To the fountain that never shall run dry
It’s a soothing sweet oasis
Every need is satisfied
To the wounded and the weary come thirsty.
(The Perry's "Come Thirsty")
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Of course it's not a forest fire, just another splendid sunset in our backyard. The heavens in general, and sunsets in particular, are some of my favorite subjects. Ever changing and still the same, timeless yet daily reminders that God is in His heaven and that He exhibits limitless creativity and imagination.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I recently gained the right to fly an airplane through the clouds and gain such spectacular vistas. These were taken with a cell phone camera but still capture the magnificence of the carpet of clouds at about 5000 above sea level.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
It's a little cheesy but I'm reminded of a line that has stuck with me: "Smile awhile and another smiles and soon there are miles and miles of smiles!". So smile a little more today, OK? :)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
As I think of the detail in this image, I'm reminded of the myriad intricacies of design evident in Creation. We are truly blessed to have five senses to enjoy them. And the closer you look, the better it gets (a definition of quality that I once heard). God has placed eternity in the hearts of men and throughout Creation (Eccl. 3:11).
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." (Exod. 20:8)
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Endure and stand forever;
There neither grief nor pain
Shall come to part or sever
There God shall e'er abide
With us our truest friend,
Our hearts in Him unite
Forever without end.
(Zion's Harp #79)
I struggle to express how the melodic strains of this hymn combine with its words to pluck my heart strings. Perhaps it's the countless times hearing it sung at weddings mixed with the threefold cord knit when Cindy and I joined hands and heart in the Lord. Simply beautiful.
Monday, March 8, 2010
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Our niece Brittany got married yesterday. I could probably go on quite awhile about how time flies and too soon they grow up and do things like this. Suffice it to say that life is a vapor. I'm deeply grateful for a loving family and ties that bind.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
As the children's song goes on we are admonished not to "hide it under a bushel" (No!) and to "let it shine 'til Jesus comes". As you ponder these lampposts, consider not only the obvious obscuration of the one but the condition of its bulbs as well.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I think this is what they call a "money shot". Trying to capture American Eagle inbound to O'Hare, I inadvertently caught another "bird" outbound (look closely). It makes me think of how we much "coming and going" we do.