Latest Blog Posts
- Joy in Unexpected Places
I find it fascinating that joy can appear in the most unexpected places. Even an abandoned can yield interesting images when examined closely. Likewise, even in the midst of even dark and depressing times, there can be moments of joy. During all the sorrow and difficulties of the Pandemic there was cause for rejoicing in the sacrificial love that motivated individuals to feed the hungry, make music from windows on pots and pans, prepare meals for health care workers, performers to freely share their talents, and so much more. It is easy to see the problems but also cause for rejoicing.
- Life’s Building Blocks
Wetlands, one of life’s building blocks, a critical piece in the complex series of interrelationships that make this wondrous world of ours possible. They help to purify the water that is critical to all life; provide habitat for waterfowl, reptiles, and amphibians; host a wide variety of plants. They are considered some of most biologically divers ecosystems.
Wetlands are one more gift for which we can express gratitude for to a loving God.
- Summertime Fun – Part 13
Summertime is a time for vacations and trips to view spectacular sights or just get away. Unfortunately, there are times when as much as a we need a vacation and to get away, we just can’t. But Summertime fun and an opportunity renew one’s body and spirit can be as close as a hammock on the porch, a park bench, or a backyard barbeque. I pray each of you will find time and a place to renew your body and spirit. For the spirit I would encourage a reading of the Psalms and The Gospel of Mark; or listening to some of the excellent Christian music that can be found on YouTube or purchased online. Some contemporary Christian groups I like include Casting Crowns and Sidewalk Prophets; among more traditional groups I enjoy The Gaithers.
- Summertime Fun – Part 12
There is something peaceful and rewarding about sliding quietly down a river under your own power. A chance to enjoy nature and wildlife. An opportunity to meditate or just be thoroughly present in the moment. A time to introduce the next generation into the wonders of nature.
This is another picture from wonderful days spent as a volunteer at Skye Farm Camp and Retreat Center in the Adirondacks, a Christian camp run by The Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. For more information click on the following link: https://skyefarmcamp.org.
- A Golden Glow
There is something special about light’s golden glow in evenings like the one pictured here. For me it seems to symbolize the end of a perfect day. A time to relax after a productive day. A time to raise prayers of thanksgiving for all God has blessed me with. A time to resolve to be more intentional in expressing gratitude for my blessings; even on dark and cloudy days that are less then perfect. Perhaps that is one of the benefits of the creative arts, a way to preserve and remind us of those perfect days and all we have to be thankful for.
- Nature’s Splendor
It always amazes me to see the variety and perfection that exists in Nature. This rose I observed in Central Park’s Rose Garden in Schenectady is for me a prime example. When I observe the variety and the intricate relationship between the various elements of Nature; for me it is easy and natural to believe that there has to be some Divine presence behind this world of ours. A Divine presence who has provided for what we need to survive and that which feeds our soul. What great love God must have for us to give us such a splendid place to live in.
- Keeping Watch
Perched on a beacon, this Seagull adopts a regal pose as if keeping watch over his kingdom. Like this seagull our Heavenly Father keeps watch over his children and is instantly available when we call on him. God longs to be in a personal relationship with each of us. This desire was made crystal clear in the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. That future generations might know this Good News, it was recorded in what we now know as the pages of the Bible called The Gospels.
There is something precious about baby animals. There invoke feelings of warmth and love. They remind us of how precious life is and of the joys of being able to share the adventures of life with friends. Our companions along life’s journey provide support and can inspire us to be our very best. We are created in the very image of God, whose nature is love and desires to be in a relationship with us. While our relationship with others may at times disappoint us, God is always faithful.
A gorgeous sunset, a promise of a beautiful tomorrow. For me, a reminder that in the ending of Jesus’ time on earth like the sunset was a promise of a beautiful tomorrow. A tomorrow where we no that the very presence of God is with us always, even to the end of days. A promise that we need no longer fear death. An assurance that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
- Just Like You
Children are a wondrous gift bringing great joy into our world with their curiosity, energy, and curiosity. They may at times frustrate us; but they also can be our greatest cheer leader as they show by actions and word that they are proud of us and want to be just like us. They may not follow in our chosen profession but more often than not they adopt our characteristics and become just like us.
- Summertime Fun – Part 11
There is something peaceful and other worldly in the best sense of the word. The problems and distractions of the world for me disappear when walking along an isolated part of the beach. It becomes a time just to be at peace and glad to be alive and able to enjoy this beautiful world.
- Summertime Fun – Part 10
A hike through the woods on a Summer day can reveal some interesting sights. This Hemlock Varnished Bracket Fungus made an interesting still life. It is also worth noting that many fungi are the source of modern medicines, have culinary uses and help in decomposing organic material which then become a source of nutrients for new growth. We live in wonderous complex interrelated world where everything seems to have a place in the circle of life. For me just one more proof of the existence of a Divine being, a loving God.