Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Small

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If you asked me about my favorite place to take photos,

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I would probably tell you

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it's wherever I feel small.

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Lucky for me,

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that's quite a lot of places.

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My camera helps me take it all in.

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Observe scale.

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See more details.

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View from a variety of perspectives.

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But most of all, stand in awe and wonder.

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Today I am feeling small in a different place, in the middle of the Bible where Jesus is shining his light on some of the mysteries of God.  I'm supposed to teach it, but I can't even begin to take it all in. It's a moment to slow down, look hard, and stand in awe and wonder. Then maybe my snapshot will help someone else want to venture in deeper too.

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"Spirit of God
draw praises from us
here in this cathedral of creation
beneath this starry dome.
Awaken our adoration 
in this place where 
we are so very small--
and yet so greatly loved."

 ~Douglas McKelvey
"Every Moment Holy"

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I See You

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Dear followers of Jesus,

I see you.

I see you taking a meal to your neighbors, and taking your friend to an appointment.

I see you clearing tables after a meal at church, and I see you showing your Sunday school students how to do it with you.

I see you changing diapers in the nursery, teaching energetic children, and welcoming strangers.

I see you worshiping in joy and in brokenness, sometimes both at the same time. 

I see you volunteering at the local school and the nursing home and packing meals for the hungry.

I see you inviting people into your home to remind them they are part of a family.

I see you encouraging the people around you, not wanting even one to get away without knowing how loved they are.

I see you letting others know when someone needs more prayers or help than you can offer alone.

I see you leading, tirelessly, coordinating details and working behind the scenes.

I see you approaching your job as a calling and a ministry.

I see you caring for the widow and the orphan and the alien.

I see you drawing attention to Jesus, and not to yourself, sharing hope from the scriptures and his love from your heart.

I see you breathing life and beauty into the world around you.

It seems as though a lot of people miss it, because for some reason or another, they are not close enough to notice. 

I hope and trust you'll keep living out the life of Jesus anyway.  Nothing you do is lost on him.

I love being the church with you.  You inspire me.