Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pastor's Letter or Enduring Scripture

John Pavlovitz, in an excellent though mostly unrelated post, referred to the writings of Paul as pastoral letters. I am, in general, not a fan of Paul. I think he tends to say things that are overzealous and mean sprited. However, in the context of pastoral letters, his writings take on a whole different meaning. They are written not as permanent instructions, but to fix problems and raise faith in the present time and place. He is at times a great & poetic writer & his writing is worth keeping & studying for the beauty and history. But it is not and was never meant as instructions for how to live our faith outside of that time and those congregations.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rejoice (Easter Sunday)

Apparently I should have saved this photo for today as I have nothing better.

I had no involvement in the making of the following video, but the family is having so much fun that it goes well with the theme of "rejoice." It is also a very secular celebration of Easter. While a number of Christians have commented on YouTube and elsewhere that they find it offensive, I think that if Jesus were (is) running around today, he'd be all for candy and eggs and fun for everyone.

Happy Zombie Jesus Day Song (2013): http://youtu.be/s8x16883CuU

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Transcend

Couldn't decide today.
Rainbow

Rain

Looking in the Water

Friday, April 3, 2015

Surrender

Maybe it's really resignation.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Listen (again)


Found While Lost

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Savor

Partial Kit from Isn't It Fobulous?
Stitching is better savored with friends.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Alone

Reflection in Train Window at Night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Life

Appropriately for today's topic, my new nephew was born today! I don't have any photos yet, but he shares a birthday with his maternal uncle, so here is a picture I took of said uncle and paternal grandfather at his parents wedding reception.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Help

Help is a really difficult concept for me right now. I am just on the edge of needing help to function and indepence. I feel bad taking help because I am unlikely to be able to return it in kind.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bless

My little blessing
Max has added so much that is good to my life, even if it isn't all roses.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ally

Max Scardy Dog
Ally is such a hard concept. Often we think we are trying to be an ally to a group or person but in fact we are just making things worse.

Many things make Max nervous (including sometimes the camera lens). I am allying myself with him to be more comfortable and confident. I help him stay at a comfortable distance from scary things and I am helping him to learn that he doesn't have to get so stressed about them.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Community

RI Schedule - Making Community Possible

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Passion

Dog Fetching With Joy And Passion

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Duty

Doggie Clean Up
My mother tells her dogs "do your duty" when she wants her dogs to relieve themselves.
I believe poop cleanup, for our own and others' dogs, is a dog owner's duty.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Neighbor

Amazon Park Daisy Patch
Amazon Park is my across the street neighbor.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Faith

Bulbs Sprouting
These bulbs sprout every year with faith that they will get the conditions they need to bloom and thrive. Despite being cut down before they can do so for at least 2 years they keep their faith and keep popping up every spring.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mercy

After being alone all afternoon, Max was tense and begging for mercy in the form of a massage to his sore back and tail. This is him being relaxed afterwards. I could empathize since after an afternoon of triking and swimming I felt the same way.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Share

Cheese Is For Sharing

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Play

Max says "I played with my jerky strip 'til I got tired & took a nap. Now I am looking at the camera suspiciously."
Edit to add a later better picture of Max playing with his rawhide.
Max Playing With His Favorite Rawhide

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sacred

Sacred Bond of Trust
Max doesn't trust the camera, but he'll look at it because of our bond of trust.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Change

New Haircut & Old Hair

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Worship

Lectionary Readings
John from CLF does weekly lectionary studies for the Christan mailing list. I would have used an image of that except I didn't think it would be appropriate without permission.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hunger

As a cat, I am always hungry.

A bit of a light take on this, but I wanted to focus on the vast range of meanings from trivial to life threatening behind the word hunger.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Joy

He brings joy to my life

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Courage

Scardy Max & His Bone
Today is the first time Max chewed on his bone while home alone.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wonder

Early Blooms

Monday, March 2, 2015

Connection

Zoey the Dog Next Door
Every time she finds a new way over the fence, Zoey comes to visit me. She is super sweet! She visited twice today.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Purpose

Getting well is my purpose.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Kindness

The grocer clerk was very concerned about my ability to get all my groceries and my prescription into my tiny bag, when she could have just ignored me.
Also, my purchases were me being kind to myself.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beauty

Embroidery with Applique Flowers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Listen

Sometimes listening means leaving space to talk.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Trust

Today, my scardy dog Max decided he trusted my mom and is letting her hold him. (And loving it.)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Home

Church in a tourist town
Home is where you make it, or others make it for you.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hospitality

Despite Max barking and growling at everyone and everything and the dog, we are still being welcomed at my mom's. She lives in this beautiful area.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Waiting

Max waiting for the bus.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015