Inspiration

A Path to Ponder

“Explore your untamed dreams and you just might find a unique place where a confluence of paths lead towards your destiny.”
― Kathy Goodhew,
Confluence

“Paths to Ponder”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/100th sec., 70mm

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The Successful Life

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.”
— Bessie Anderson Stanley

"At-one-ment",  Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/1000th sec., 95mm

“At-one-ment”, Nikon D700, ISO 200, f/2.8 at 1/1000th sec., 95mm

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Roses and Thorns

“The world, though fallen, is not all sorrow and misery. In nature itself are messages of hope and comfort. There are flowers upon the thistles, and the thorns are covered with roses.”
— Ellen G. White

And on those days when the thorns outnumber the roses, we must have hope that tomorrow will bring new blooms.

"Stone Roses", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/3.5 at 1/500 sec., 28mm

“Stone Roses”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/3.5 at 1/500 sec., 28mm

I’m embedding a link for a song that James and I both shared a love for, by an artist who was also taken far too soon from this life. When James and I first discovered our mutual admiration for this song we had no idea how relevant it would one day become for us. The answer to its question is simple: “We do; for only then can we love forever.”

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Stargazer

“May all the stars hang bright above her dwelling,
Silent as though they watched the sleeping earth!”
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
Dejection: An Ode, 4 April 1802

"Stargazer", Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/1000 sec., 300mm

“Stargazer”, Nikon D800, ISO 200, f/5.6 at 1/1000 sec., 300mm
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Good Friday

For those observing the Easter holiday, please remember to look beyond the Crucifixion to what it reveals about God. Happy holiday; God is love.

“The Cross exposes the diametrically opposed ruling principles of God and Satan. The other-focused, self-sacrificial love of the Servant God shines in stark contrast to the prideful and ambitious manipulator of the survival-of-the-fittest principle. The God who washes dirty feet is willing to die for his creatures. How different from the creature Satan, who did not shrink from asking his creator to worship him (Matthew 4:9)! The gentle persuasion by the God who values our freedom stands in strong opposition to the methods of force, fear and coercion that Satan uses. These opposing principles were clearly revealed at the Tree of Knowledge and at the Cross. In the end, our affiliation with the respective sides of the conflict is revealed by the methods we use, as well. We may proclaim the name of Jesus with our words, but if our methods include coercion and force, we become counterproductive to God’s Kingdom and inadvertently take sides with God’s enemy.
— Dorothee Cole, Servant God: The Cosmic Conflict Over God’s Trustworthiness, (234-35), emphasis mine

"Good Friday", Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/22 at 1/180 sec., 35mmClick the image to view larger size and available print options.

“Good Friday”, Nikon D300, ISO 320, f/22 at 1/180 sec., 35mm
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Let Us Reason Together

“Hear reason, or she’ll make you feel her.”
— Benjamin Franklin

Not my usual fare, I realize… But I hope you like it.

"Reason Together"

“Reason Together”

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Chiseled Features

The artist, inspired by love and fear
created him out of stone
Chiseled features hide his tears
as he dreams of flesh and bone.
– EH

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Stepping Forward

I received an unexpected email this week from a wonderful friend that has inspired me. She is standing up for what she believes is right by speaking out for those whose voices have been silenced. With her permission, I am sharing that email with you. Aside from being a means to convey some remarkable news with you about my partner’s cancer, it’s a touching example of how our suffering has the potential to help others. It’s further evidence that we can never know how lives may be touched by our own experiences. It’s further evidence of the power of love.

Nikon D300, ISO 500, 1/125 sec at f/22, Nikkor 35 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 500, 1/125 sec at f/22, Nikkor 35 mm

Each month we attend a meeting for our local Scouting District. Tonight, at this months meeting you can only guess what was the topic that has all the Bible-beaters in a tizzy – that Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is considering changing the membership standards to remove restrictions on sexual orientation. One of the speakers was our District Executive, Guy – an employee of the Atlanta Area Council. Guy spoke briefly on the topic basically telling us that nothing would change until BSA’s final decision is made in a few months. But, the Atlanta Area Council wanted feedback from the local Scout leaders. Guy also told us that he would be glad to listen to any input from us leaders…no matter which side of the issue that we we on. I did take him up on that offer.

I said “Guy, I would like to tell you a story about one of my oldest and dearest friends – a man that I have known for more than 30 years. A man of sterling character and high standards. A man with a very strong faith in God. A man that can be described with the words from the Scout Law – Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent….all the values that I want my son to have. A truly GOOD man. Last year I got some devastating news – that he had cancer of the throat. I was absolutely heartbroken that we were going to lose such a good person to such a horrible disease. Then last month, I got a phone call and when I saw the name on the Caller ID my heart stopped, my throat tightened up and my eyes filled with tears. I didn’t want to take the call because I didn’t want to hear the news that I had been fearing and dreading. The expressions on my face had to have been hysterically comical when I was told that an entire team of doctors was flabbergasted, they had NEVER seen a tumor of this type respond to chemotherapy, but his tumor was GONE! Yes, GONE! It can only be described as a MIRACLE! No other explanation – an outright miracle! He was healed by the mercy of God because God deemed him worthy of life….but he can’t be a member of BSA because he’s gay. It’s an archaic and stupid rule that HAS to change and the sooner the better. Please feel free to use my name and tell your Council Executive that both me and my husband are most emphatically in favor of a change in the membership standards.”

Poor Guy – he just stood there all wide-eyed and could only say “Wow! Thanks for sharing that with me….and I’m glad that your friend is going to be OK.” I said “I’m thrilled that he’s going to live longer, but he has always been “OK” and it’s high time that BSA thinks so, too!”

I love you both and am proud to call you my friends.

– Sarena

Isn’t that just awesome? Sometimes you’ve just got to be willing to step forward.

Crucified

I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
– C. S. Lewis

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/45 sec. at f/22, Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8

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Grateful For The Extras

Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty

Nikon D300, ISO 400, 1/250 sec at f/20, 50 mm

People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
― Iris Murdoch

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