Roots

Capture

This photo is part of the Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge.

The 1st Presbyterian Church of Texarkana, AR, is where the ROOTS of my faith were planted. My grandparents were members there, my mother grew up there. There I was first taken to the nursery. I attended Vacation Bible School there in the summers when we would visit my grandparents. I sang in the choir when I was in college. One of the bells in the bell tower is dedicated to my grandparents. I took one of my children there to be baptized by my uncle. I worked there as a Director of Christian Education. My sister and her family are still members there. My parents’ funerals were held there. My ROOTS are deep in the foundations of the church and I make it a point to go back occasionally and water them.

The lectionary passage that spoke especially to me today was from Job 19:25-27

25  For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
26  and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
27  whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

Far

Traffic on the Sound

This photo is part of the Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge.

In the FAR and misty distance you can just barely see a tanker or container ship coming down the sound. It came from FARTHER away, and will go even FARTHER.

The lectionary passage that spoke especially to me today was from Psalm 22:1-2

1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.

Cup

Cup

This photo is part of the Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge.

My morning CUP of chai!  I try to remember these words at every meal – not just at the occasion of Holy Communion.

The lectionary passage that spoke especially to me today was from 1 Corinthians 10:16

16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?

Light

light

This photo is part of the Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge.

Dawn coming behind the hills, as seen from the train into Portland. There’s always an uplifting of my heart at the return of the LIGHT.

The lectionary passage that spoke especially to me today was from Psalm 91:1-2

1 You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”

Blessed

Free Anchorage in the Sound (2)

This photo is part of the Lenten Photo-A-Day Challenge.

For those who are still suffering with the “everlasting winter” and for those for whom the “long, hot summer” is a dread, I empathize with you. I am so BLESSED to be here in wonderful Tacoma, Washington.

The lectionary passage that spoke especially to me today was from Psalm 84:5-7

5   Happy are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6   As they go through the valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
7   They go from strength to strength;
the God of gods will be seen in Zion.