Saturday, May 16, 2020

Light

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It's a question I ask myself often.

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I love the way it helps me pay attention.

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This week's answers have all been found in my yard.

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Among the trees.

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The light has shown me a lot of birds that seemed to be playing hide and seek with me.

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Especially chickadees.

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And also--all this amazing color.

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Here's a little secret I've learned along the way:
One tiny little step in another direction gives you a whole new picture.
The pictures above and below have identical subjects in focus,
but I "painted" my background--
the out of focus portion of the photo known as bokeh (pronounced boca)--
 differently by varying my angle just a tiny bit.
This gives you a chance to select your color palette and the feel of your photo.

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I did the same thing here. 
 I call this my popcorn tree because all these bright red little kernels
explode into fluffy white glory, and the smell they release is to die for.
One photo focusing on the colors of the tree...

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and the same photo...

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with some blue sky.

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Of course the fans of pink are the real winners this week,
whether light or dark.

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Until I saw all this soft evening light bouncing off of all my blooming trees,
I had never noticed that in the midst of all this pink
there was a whole glowing rainbow.

My neighbor observed me moving slowly about the yard with my camera.
She said she had seen a video I posted on my business page a while back
and said, "I really liked that thing you said about what the light wants to show you."
She actually recognized what I was doing.  So fun.

What does the light want to show you?

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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.  At first my small feels like inadequacy, not in a good way.  But I sense this invitation from Him to be just as captivated and grateful as I would in the wilderness of creation. It's a moment to slow down in my study, 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.