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Raspberries

It won’t be long before we will be picking raspberries again. Raspberry plants grow like weeds. Ours have totally taken over the space behind our garage. Which would be good (we love to eat them) except they completely overgrew the area where we had rose bushes. 
Life is like that. New things come into our lives, old things fade away. We make new friends, old friends move away. It’s easy to spend time living in the past, thinking about the “good old days” yet we are called to live in the present. 

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Being Present in the Moment 

One of the things I like about this photo is that you can’t tell if there’s bad weather coming in or whether the clouds are breaking up.
I guess it is like the “glass half empty, glass half full” discussion. Being a mostly “glass half full” person, I like to think of these as clouds breaking up and giving way to the sun. 
Implicit in the discussion above is a looking forward/looking back viewpoint. While that is occasionally necessary and important, we are called to live in the moment. Looking at the picture again, I see God’s fingerprint!

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Peace

This is another photo that I find captivating. I have come to realize that what really draws me in is the water. It is so still that it looks like a mirror. Still… peaceful. 
Peace is something that is greatly lacking in out world today. Not just the absence of war, but inner peace.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

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Details

This photo was taken a little over a year ago, at Twin Creek Park. Even without telling you the date, there are obvious clues in the photo. There are no leaves on the trees (or ground). The grass is turning green. And if you look closely, you can see buds on the tree limbs in the foreground. So it is early spring. 

I wish that I was able to pay that much attention to the details of my life as they happen. I feel like I miss so much. Being mindful – “stop and smell the roses” – is something that has become much more regular for me since the Camino. 

Twin Creek, near Germantown

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Bubbles

When our grandson is over, bubbles are very popular activity. I’m far from an expert on making bubbles, but I have learned a few things about what conditions are best for making big bubbles. Strong wind is not good, but neither is a lack of breeze. 

In a similar way, it seems hard to see God when things are very difficult in our lives, such as suffering an severe illness or experiencing great loss. But it can also be difficult to see God when there is an absence of obstacles to overcome. It becomes very easy to focus inward instead of upward. 

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