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Thursday, October 26, 2006

I find myself having a certain amount of joy in taking pictures of pictures. So here I thought I would share a few:

This was painted by a friend and church member in Pennsylvania. This was actually a mural painted by her mother that is the backdrop to the baptistry in what was my church. Every week I looked into the picture... I want to know where that trail leads... I can imagine if I were to follow, it would take me... But in the end, that is the beautiful aspect of following God -He takes delight in leading me down the trail... I am learning to appreciate Him taking my hand.

This just arrived this week. Several weeks ago I was walking through the art building on campus and I saw this... I tracked the photographer down (that was a story) and now 2 weeks later I have my own print. I was drawn by the looking glass - An attempt to see the distant/future. There is a little plaque on it that reads: "Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." It is profound enough when applied to physical travel... but now think about the spiritual! My spiritual journey is more than just endurance and experience - but rather where God leads me is to produce a deep and permanent change in my ideas of living. Wow!

This one isn't mine - but I took the picture of the picture anyway. The inscription under the two boys is: "He ain't heavy, Father, he's my brother." This is actually a song title written by a priest when he saw the picture of a young boy carrying another boy on his back. The lyrics of the song speak about traveling on a long road on which we don't return - and of course supporting each other. The concept predates the song- But I need the reminder. I want to support others - their welfare to be my concern.

By the way, if you ever wonder... you're not heavy... you're my brother/sister.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


I bought a book at the library some weeks ago... for $1. It was good for me to reflect. At the end of the afternoon I decided that ... I WILL pick more daisies.

So I spent a few minutes at the university that week checking out the flowers. "On the lily's petals, God has written a message for you, written in language that your heart can read." (TMB) I "heard" the message: "For He is with us everywhere, And marks each bitter tear that flows. And He will never, never, never forsake the soul that trusts Him ever." (TMB)

After the flowers, came Frosty. This is his first visit to my neighborhood this winter. I went for a jog in the snow (thanks to a little recent inspiration from Andrew who has jogged in SD at 13 degrees) - when I came home, he was begging to be made.

P.S. I thought I would add a little proof here of the 5K I ran a couple of weeks ago at AU

Monday, October 09, 2006

FALLing FALLing FALLing...

The leaves are turning colors and falling here in Michigan. And that of course brings with it many delights. I was riding my bike this past week and I caught a leaf falling of a tree that had never touched the ground... amazing talent! But walking on a sidewalk kicking leafs reduces stress. And the temperatures... it was 75 yesterday and the report is snow will be flying by Thursday. Anyway, let me tell you about my weekend and introduce a few of my friends. Friday I joined Michael Y. and Kyle for mountain bike ride on some beautiful trails. Here on our left(diagonally speaking) is a simulated collision between the two of them. Saturday, after church we met at Daniel's house for lunch. The food was molto buono (yes I had my hand in it... I snapped the spaghetti noodles before they went into the water).

After lunch we set out for the beach/dunes. I played pilot and Daniel copilot on the trip over-the passengers seemed to be content as Daniel read excerpts from "Holy Humor". As for the sand, the pictures speak for themselves. Saturday evening closed with a few songs and a Bible study.
So...I tip my hat to friends who are the character of life - there are few things better to invest in.

Monday, October 02, 2006


Even as I start this post I am certain I will be adding to it or editing it in the near future. My thoughts have been developing on this subject. This morning I was reflecting on the words of a hymn... "When darkness seems to veil his face, I rest in his unchanging grace."
I took this picture outside of my house as I was contemplating what faith is. The truth is that there is a whole neighborhood in this picture...you will just have to "trust" me. That is what I understand faith to be - an invitation from God to look into blackness and trust Him that in "His reality" there is something there. Is it true...TO ARRIVE AT FAITH THERE MUST FIRST BE SOME FORM OF DOUBT?