This blog is mostly about images. A photo captures a moment in time and lets us slow down long enough to see the rich texture of the life all around us. It's mostly for my own amusement, but if you stumbled here somehow, please enjoy.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Mighty Fortress

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
(Martin Luther)

Never failing.  "My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." (Ps. 73:26)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Humble Beginnings

According to our tour guide on a recent visit to the Old Statehouse in Springfield, this little office tucked under a stairwell was home to Ulysses S. Grant during his first military assignment.  It reminded me of Samuel's rebuke of King Saul when the pride of position and office led to disobedience and ultimate downfall.  How true his words linking effectiveness and humility:

"When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?" (I Sam. 15:17)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

High and Lifted Up

"I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple." (Isaiah 6:1)

Contemporary church architecture doesn't seek to evoke the majesty of God as it once did.  Interesting to ponder how attitudes change over the years.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


What a difference a single letter makes.  According to Merriam-Webster, a capitol is a building where a state legislative body meets.  But if you capitalize the word, it becomes the building where the U.S. Congress meets.  Then change the "o" to an "a" and it's not a building any longer but a lot of other things:
  • the crown at the top of a column,
  • a stock of accumulated goods,
  • an "upper-case" letter (used above as in "to capitalize",
  • and, just to keep it interesting, a city serving as a seat of government; where, incidentally, you are likely to find a building called the capitol.  Or the Capitol.
Got it?  Aren't you glad you learned English as a primary language?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Old State House

We enjoyed a wonderful trip this past week to Springfield, our state's capital; touring among other things the Old State House which served as the legislative seat of government from 1839-1876 overlapping a number of years with Abraham Lincoln.

It's interesting to ponder the sheer volume of laws passed over the years as men have labored to rule themselves.  It makes me think of a favorite biblical phrase in which Paul articulates God's vision for a day when His law would be written on the fleshy tables of the heart, not in tables of stone (II Cor. 3:3).  Possible today as we yield to His Spirit.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rose of Sharon

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, bloom within my heart;
Beauties of Thy truth and holiness impart,
That where’er I go my life may shed abroad
Fragrance of the knowledge of the love of God.
(Ida A. Guirey)