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Seek the Lord

The song “Seek the Lord, while He may be found” has been going through my head this morning. Probably because the daily reading for today (Mark 1:29-39) has the disciples searching for Jesus after he went off to a deserted place to pray.

This photo is from our flight to Jamaica last week. In the distance, you can just barely see the airport runway lying next to the sea. I continue to be amazed by the technology that allows us to find a dot on a map from thousands of miles away. Thankfully, we also have the tools we need to find God.

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Light for the World

Another sunrise. This one is in Jamaica.

The beginning of the day. Light for the world.

In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

He was in the beginning with God.

All things came to be through him,

and without him nothing came to be.

What came to be through him was life,

and this life was the light of the human race;

the light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

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Overlooking

As we prepare for another trip to Jamaica, I thought it would be good to share a photo from last summer. This photo was taken at sunrise down by the water. I’ve written about that tree before and how different it looks from below compared to from above.

Maybe because the views of the water and the sunrises are so spectacular, I don’t usually even look in the direction of the tree.

How often do we overlook the beauty around us?

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Creation

God of creation

There at the start

Before the beginning of time

With no point of reference

You spoke to the dark

And fleshed out the wonder of light

And as You speak

A hundred billion galaxies are born

In the vapor of Your breath the planets form

Lyrics from So will I, Hillsong United

Photo from Galena Breeze, Jamaica

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Give Thanks

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who spread out the earth above the waters, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: The sun to rule by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 136:1,5-9

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Exotic

Another thing that I enjoy in Jamaica is the variety of flowers. This is a photo of Alpinia purpurata (Red Ginger Flower). One of the words that comes to my mind when I see these flowers is “exotic.” Which then makes me wonder, what qualifies as exotic? The common definition is “characteristic of a distant foreign country.” So I guess it would be considered exotic in Ohio but maybe not in Jamaica?

For some reason, this brings to mind the many parables and comparisons that Jesus makes to “the kingdom of God.” Jesus compares something “exotic” to something familiar.

“What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” Luke 13:18-19

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