Twenty years ago, September 11, 2001, 3,229 people lost their lives to terrorism. Most of us remember exactly where we were we heard the news or …Remembering 9/11
Is Ignorance the Enemy at the Gates?
As we have watched scenes in Afghanistan, it feels very literally like “the enemy is at the gates.” Many of us already feel besieged by COVID. The …Is Ignorance the Enemy at the Gates?
Fighting For You
Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you. – Deuteronomy 1:29 Thoughts obtained from the …Fighting For You
Simple Saturday shots by Mike Powell
Most of the time the photos in my postings were taking during a single trip to a particular location, but today I decided to mix things up a little. …Simple Saturday shots
Naked and Ashamed: Dealing with It — Glory to God for All Things
The Scriptures record that Adam was ashamed and hid. It’s a primal response. Shame is experienced as a burning sense of exposure and vulnerability. It begs to be clothed upon and hidden. 61 more wordsNaked and Ashamed: Dealing with It — Glory to God for All Things
Fr. Stephen Freeman says:
To “bear” shame is to acknowledge it in the presence of God, not run from it, and, allow Him to comfort us. That “comfort” can take the form of forgiveness and absolution in confession. In some settings, such as a therapeutic, it can be acknowledging it and talking through it. It can also happen with someone close and trusted – in which case some sort of affirmation of who we are, in spite of the shameful thing, is helpful.
It is not true that all men already bear their shame – we run from those feelings, quite often, turning them into something else – feelings that are not as painful.
Irritated cardinal? By Mike Powell
I couldn’t help but feel that this male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) was irritated with me when he glared sideways at me as he …Irritated cardinal?
House Sparrows from Mike Powell
How closely do you look at birds? There are some birds that are our easy for me to identify, often just by their shape. With other species, I rely on…House Sparrows
Timing is everything from Mike Powell
Timing is a critical skill in taking wildlife photographs (and in telling the lame jokes I so enjoy), and I was thrilled to capture this image last …Timing is everything
Put the Dickens Back in Christmas
In the late 1600’s in colonial Boston, the celebration of Christmas was against the law. Indeed, anyone evidencing the “spirit of Christmas” could be…Put the Dickens Back in Christmas