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God’s mindfulness and relationship with us

As I hiked on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Norse Peak Wilderness of Washington state this past week, I was deeply humbled by the infinitude of God’s Creation and His relationship to us. In the billions of galaxies with their billions of stars, I am scarcely a mere blade a grass. Whether I live one day, or one hundred years, my life is not even an eye blink of eternity.  Yet God knows me, and each one of us. The whole Biblical revelation tells us that this omniscient God of this mind boggling vast universe loves each of us with an infinite love. “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8. God’s greatness is certainly in the majesty of his infinite creation, but His greatness is equally and  awesomely shown in His justice and mercy and mindfulness to us, His mere mortals.

Mt Rainier, Norse Peak Wilderness

Norse Peak Wilderness


Musings on life and justice after a week back in the courtroom

I spent last week in the courtroom, filling in for judge who has retired.  It was the most stimulating, rewarding five days I have enjoyed in my twenty eight years of judging. I find there is so much to love about people, and I am deeply saddened to see how far we stray from the love God has placed within us. As I have moved deeper into the human condition through God’s Word and prayer, I feel I have gained a deeper insight and compassion for the consequences of our decisions, for good or for bad. And I also realize that if we are not traveling toward God, our road, our lives, are going nowhere. God has given us a clear blue print: there is justice and there is love. The justice that I–or any parent–impose is so limited and flawed. I look forward to the perfect justice God will give us.


Traveling with God across the country

On Tuesday,my cardiologist cleared me for travel.  Meg and I are leaving this afternoon (Friday) to drive back to New Hampshire to visit Michael and Sara.  In addition, I will be the featured artist at the Great Falls Discovery Center in western Mass for the month of October.  My New England fall pictures were discovered on my web site in January, 2010, and this US Fish and Wildlife Refuge facility asked me to show them.  We are taking the northern tier through Montana, North Dakota, northern Michigan and Canada to Niagara Falls, upstate New York, visiting friends along the way.

Our MBA Chinese student, Marshal, will house sit for us, although for this driving trip we are taking our golden retriever, Dakota, with us.  Jasmine, our other Chinese student, is now in Eugene.  A week and half ago, three years to the date she arrived at SeaTac, we drove her and her possessions to Eugene, where she will begin her studies for a Masters in Accounting.   We have deeply appreciated the opportunity to watch her growth, and to grow ourselves as we expanded our family.
Meg and I are looking forward to this total time together. We have no idea what lies ahead during the next twelve days.  We do know God travels with us and ahead of us. His love surrounds us, as we enjoy His Creation, knowing that our time on earth is exciting, but only temporary. We sing His praises here, and someday we will get to sing His praises in eternity.

God’s Mercy

“When God’s love touches us in our neediness–the sorrow and suffering inherent in the human condition–we name it mercy. Mercy is perhaps the loveliest of all God’s qualities.” Elaine Prevallet 


Here is the greatest challenge for me.  The Old and New Testament are filled with statements about God’s unfailing love–“the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)  It is easy to be grateful for God’s love, but how do I let His love, Christ’s love, flow through me like living waters to those around me? This three day weekend, a pivot point between summer and fall, a transition from old and to new seasons, is a great time to consider this call.




Psalm 25

This week’s picture post includes three excerpts from Psalm 25.  I love the strength and range of emotion and relationship with God that the psalm includes.  The Psalmist asks God for guidance along the right path, and thanks Him for His unfailing love.  Yet the essence of the Psalm, and what must be the essence of our lives, is found in the first verse: “Oh, Lord, I give my life to you.  I trust in you, my God.”  I realize all too often that in my own life, I reserve a substantial part of me for myself, for my own willfulness. I still have a long way to go, even at my age.