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Salt of the World

This is another photo taken on St John, USVI at the National Park. This is called the Salt Pond and if you look closely, you can see something white at the edge of the pond. This is salt which forms at the edges (and gives the pond it’s name). This happens because the pond is actually below sea level. So water from the sea gets in, but can not escape except by evaporation. When there are extended periods of time with no rain, the salt concentration get so high that the salt precipitates out. People actually come to this pond to collect salt and report that it “tastes good!” The red color is reportedly due to algae in the pond.

We are called to be salt, to provide “flavor” for the world. In our modern world, it is easy to overlook the value and importance of salt. I imagine the value of salt was more appreciated in New Testament times.

May we allow God to use us to provide “value” to those around us.

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One of a Kind

This is a photo of Devils Tower in Wyoming, taken last year during a brief trip out west. The name is an unfortunate mis-translation of the Native American name (which is more like “Bear’s House”). It is a surreal sight. I’m sure part of the reason for me is due to having first seen it in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. But also, it is such a one of a kind formation.

In our Father’s eyes, each of us is very “one of a kind.”

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Awesome

This photo was taken a few years ago in Kruger National Park in South Africa. The park is a large animal preserve, one of the largest national parks in the world. It is roughly the same size as New Jersey.

This photo does not begin to capture the moment. As I reflected on my memories, the word that came to mind was “awesome.” This morning, as I drove to work this song was on the radio:

Heaven and earth are singing

Glory hallelujah

Let the whole world see

The greatness of our God

In awesome wonder

He reigns forever

(Newsboys – The Greatness of our God)

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Compare and Despair!

I’ve written before about my fascination with birds in flight. I often wonder what it would be like to fly (minus the airplane). I find myself envying the birds. However, if birds are capable of complex thought, they probably look at us and envy the fact that we can hop in a car and drive to the grocery store!

Better to be thankful for what we have than envious of what others have. Or as I hear on occasion, “compare and despair.”

Photo: Sunrise, St John’s, USVI

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Cloudy Days

This is a photo from our recent trip to New Smyrna Beach. We had a couple of very nice sunny days … this was not one of those days. It was taken about 5 minutes after sunrise. Even though you can’t actually see the sun, it is easy to imagine where it is. In large part, this is because we have experienced so many sunrises in so many circumstances.

In a similar way, sometimes we see God clearly. Many other times, we must trust God is there based on our past experiences.

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