Category Archives: Bible Verse Photos

Advent

“Arriving at the first Sunday of Advent, we remember that God, out of love, came into the world in the flesh. We remember that in Jesus we see God’s love in a human face. We remember that in the midst of all the world’s pain, God’s love has draw near to sustain , restore,  and save.” Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Unlike last year, the weather has  been warm here in La Grande.  I photographed this butterfly and bee on a Thanksgiving Day walk.  God is everywhere and we are always loved. May we all stay spiritually warm as we encounter friends and strangers during this Christmas season.

Transforming

“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be.  And by the grace of God, I am what I am.”  John Newton

As fall leaves change into winter which transforms into spring and summer, I think of the ways we change, hopefully leaving old hurts and harms behind, and becoming more loving and forgiving. We are only stuck if we choose to be.

Psalm 17:7

Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God.” I am challenged to take this call to stillness beyond the mountain top experiences and bring it to the busy valleys of life. I am slowly realizing that each breath, each encounter with people and Creation, is unique and needs to be treasured rather than avoided or endured. I pray that our loving Lord will bless and deepen our encounters, giving us rest and refreshment in the busyness we encounter each day.

 

Psalm 46:10, fall larch
Psalm 46:10, fall larch

God is present with us

As fall bursts forth in early October and fades slowly into November, I mark another season that has passed. Winter lies ahead and I am another year older.  Yet God moves with me through the seasons.  He is ageless, eternal; in Him and with Him, I live forever.

 

“Whatever the day, whatever the circumstances, faith tells us the God is present with us. The God who gave us life, sustains it and gives it meaning beyond anything we can imagine in this lifetime. Our life is only the beginning, not the end. God is both in and beyond everything. Leap from doubt to belief and remember that God loves you, delights in you, and yearns for your response of faith in God and in His creation.”  Reuben Job

 

Hope Valley CA
Hope Valley CA

We never leave God’s sight

 

“The Lone Wild Bird”

1. The lone, wild bird in lofty flight
Is still with Thee, nor leaves Thy sight.
And I am thine! I rest in Thee.
Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

2. Each secret thought is known to Thee,
My whole life’s path, whate’er it be;
My days, my deeds, my hopes, my fears,
My deepest joys, my silent tears.

3. The ends of earth are in Thy hand,
The sea’s dark deep and far-off land.
And I am thine! I rest in Thee.
Great Spirit, come, and rest in me.

— Henry Richard McFadyen (1877-1964)

Mt Joseph Wallowa County
Mt Joseph Wallowa County

The weight of many little acts of kindness

More and more, I am convinced how little our politicians, in this country and in the world, can do for us ordinary people.  We are the ones who spread the good news of love and forgiveness, not merely by words, but by our interactions, our interconnections with our neighbors, whether we know them well or not.

Despite terrifying acts of violence we can still choose our response: to pray, to restore, to heal.

By creating us in His image, God has shown us His deep and abiding love. Together, we can outweigh, and outlast, all that distorts this image.

Stephen Gould captures this idea most eloquently:

“Good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one. The tragedy of human history lies in the enormous potential for destruction in rare acts of evil, not in the high frequency of evil people. Complex systems can only be built step by step, whereas destruction requires but an instant. Thus, in what I like to call the Great Asymmetry, every spectacular incident of evil will be balanced by 10,000 acts of kindness, too often unnoted and invisible as the ”ordinary” efforts of a vast majority.
         “We have a duty, almost a holy responsibility, to record and honor the victorious weight of these innumerable little kindnesses, when an unprecedented act of evil so threatens to distort our perception of ordinary human behavior”   Stephen Gould
Eagle Cap Wilderness, Zephaniah 3
Eagle Cap Wilderness, Zephaniah 3

An Answer to Prayer

Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him,  along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons;  Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples. Luke 8:1-3

As I read this passage, I am struck at  how “impossible”, by human standards, the spread of Christ’s Good News of the Kingdom of God was. Such an ordinary, insignificant, powerless group of followers, including women who apparently contributed “from their own resources.  Only the Son of God could have brought us this Kingdom and made it endure.

An we also, mere specks in the vast human population, can bring this same good news by how we speak and share and live.

 

Psalm 69, swallowtail, tiger lilies swallowtail
Psalm 69, swallowtail, tiger lilies swallowtail