reflection, Scenery

New Year

This is a photo of sunrise at Kiawah Island from a couple of years ago. Kiawah is a regular destination for Marylynn‘s family and there are many routines that a part of these trips. As you might guess, spending time on the beach is one of those routines. Another is getting together with the whole family (40+ and growing) for dinner most nights. There’s riding bikes, game nights, and scavenger hunts. These vacations are highly anticipated. And they are over before you know it.

The sunrise is a good analogy for the New Year. There is anticipation and expectations. Some things are easily predicted; some events will surprise. Despite the tendency to look ahead, it is important to savor the moment.

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Looking Back

This photo was taken looking back as we left Kusadasi on our recent trip to Greece (with one day in Turkey). The wake leaves a clear sign of where we came from.

As we bring 2018 to a close, there is value in looking back and reflecting on the past year. To see where we came from and how we got where we are.

It was a good year; it was a difficult year. We welcomed our third grandchild (good); we watched our son move to Philadelphia (difficult). We said goodbye to the Grand Poopah (difficult); we celebrated Marylynn’s retirement (good).

In life, as on a cruise ship, knowing where you came from doesn’t tell you exactly where you are going. But it does give a sense of direction.

Blessings to you in the new year!

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Black and Blue

Do you recognize this famous location? I’m guessing not, unless you were watching very closely from an aircraft as you were flying out west.

I have written before about a song called “Masterpiece”, sung by Danny Gokey. I was listening to it again recently and was struck by a different part of the lyrics:

Guess I’m your canvas

Beautiful black and blue

Painted in mercy’s hue

I don’t see past this.

You see me now

Who I’ll be then

There at the end

Standing there as

Your Masterpiece

(Songwriters: Emily Lynn Weisband & Bernie Herms)

I chose to use this photo for these words because of its colors and because it is a famous location that is not easily recognized from this view. That is Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

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Two Sparrows

I took this photo at the end of a run a few weeks ago. I had forgotten that there was a man and his dog on the trail (barely seen in the distance). We seem quite insignificant against the backdrop of God’s creation. And yet we know that that is not true.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew‬ ‭10:29-31

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