Scenery

Overwhelmed

I was talking to a friend about the Grand Canyon and how amazing it is that you can’t see it from ground level until you are nearly on top of it. It must’ve been an overwhelming experience for the first explorers to come upon it.

Life experiences can be like that. Sometimes, we see the event when it is still far away, like having children. Other times, events come upon us suddenly, like the loss of a job. Part of the experience is the unexpectedness of the event which can make it seem overwhelming. We can take comfort in knowing that God was preparing us for the event in ways we could only recognize in hindsight.

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Distracting

This is another photo from hiking out near Las Vegas in March. When I took it, what had gotten my attention was the plane flying out of the clouds. It was only after I had taken the photo that I realized the clouds were in the shape of an animal’s head.

Life is often like that. Our attention is drawn to something immediate but sometimes fleeting. Daily (or any periodic) reflection is a good way to go beyond the “distracting” events in our lives.

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Jesus Lizard

Lizards are an interesting group of species. Most walk on four legs, but some walk on two legs and some have no legs at all! I think one of the most interesting lizards is one we saw in Costa Rica, the common basilisk. This lizard runs on only its hind legs in an erect position, and is able to run as far as 60 feet across the surface of water. Hence the nickname of “Jesus lizard”.

We may not be able to run on top of water, but we can “think like Jesus, talk like Jesus, and act like Jesus” which is part of the mission statement for our church. In doing so, we are Disciples of Jesus.

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In Memorial

This photo is of the Narada Falls near Mt Rainier. For some reason, whenever I see a rainbow, I think about the myth of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And leprechauns. And the Irish. Which brings me to the reason I selected this photo for my reflection today.

We laid my father in law to rest this week. He was proud of his Irish heritage. His funeral and the reception that followed were a wonderful celebration of his life.

This Irish blessing was on his memorial card:

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Our lives will not be the same.

RIP Jay Broderick, 1927-2018

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Reflections

This was a view of Mt Rainier, looking across Reflection Lake. Earlier in the day, we had hiked to Panorama Point. Two amazing views with completely different perspectives.

Just as distance provides a different perspective, so does time. It is said that time provides healing; could it really be that the passage of time really just provides us with a different perspective?

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth. Psalms 48:1-2

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The Pelican

This photo was taken a couple of months ago in Florida. It amazes me to see the pelicans dive from as much as 60 feet above the water straight down to catch a fish. Very dramatic!

I was surprised to read that pelicans have a religious connection. In medieval Europe, the pelican was thought to be particularly attentive to her young, to the point of providing her own blood by wounding her own breast when no other food was available. As a result, the pelican came to symbolise the Passion of Jesus (Wikipedia).

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