Category Archives: Bible Verse Photos

Letting go

“If we don’t allow God to address the deep levels of our attachment to ourselves and to our programs of happiness, we will put into the world the negative elements of our self-centeredness, adding to the conflicts and the social disasters that come from over identifying with the biases and prejudices of our particular culture and upbring.” Fr Thomas Keating

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

 

God’s forgiveness

“Living God, I pray for your love in my life.  I pray for your joy in my heart. I pray for your peace in my soul.  I pray for your patience in my words.  I pray for your kindness in my actions. I pray for your goodness in my sharing.  I pray for your faithfulness in my relationships.  I pray for your gentleness in my spirit. I pray for your self control in my choices. May this fruit blossom in and through me.  Forgive me when I fail, and restore my strength to create a clean spirit in  and through You.”

 

Mt Emily Union County OR, Grande Ronde Valley

Seeing miracles

“Around us life bursts with miracles—a glass of water a ray of sunshine , a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.  Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; earth that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  Where we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” Thich Nhat Hahn.

 

1 Corinthians 2.9, Grande Ronde Valley, Union County Oregon

 

Gracious Uncertainty

“Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life– gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. When we become simply a promoter or a defender of a particular belief, something within us dies. That is not believing God– it is only believing our belief about Him. Jesus said, “…unless you…become as little children…” (Matthew 18:3). The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy. Jesus said, “…believe also in Me” (John 14:1), NOT, “Believe certain things about Me”. Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in– but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful to Him.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

I recently returned from the high benches above the Snake River in Hells Canyon.  The wildflowers are always remarkable as they briefly burst forth.  I never know how many there will be, nor how long they will bloom before they fade. However, I do know, they will be there; that I will be surprised, and that I am always with God.
Ecclesiastes 3.1, Hells Canyon, Wallowa County