Archive for March, 2015

Inside Out
March 26, 2015

We live in a society that puts an inordinate emphasis on outward appearance. Unlike the Bible, where God repeatedly tells us to pay close attention to our inner self and our relationship with God.

Here is an additional thought on the inner life.

“Image and appearance tell you little. The inside is bigger than the outside when you have the eyes to see.” William Paul Young

What are you seeing?

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Flowers and Plants on Display
March 18, 2015

Have you ever visited the United States Botanic Garden?

In February we spent a weekend in Washington, D.C. On a bitterly cold and windy day we went to the Botanic Garden, on the mall, just down the hill from the U. S. Capitol. What a relief to be in a warm place where plants and trees were growing and flowers blooming.

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I was especially drawn to the orchids.

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A fascinating exhibit called “Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots” showed the ways plant roots are a vital part of the earth’s ecosystem. Posters and photos presented the work of Agricultural Ecologist D. Jerry Glover.

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In two long rows we saw the actual root systems of wheat, alfalfa and a lot of other plants that I cannot remember.

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It is my impression that many visitors to our nation’s capital go to the more  well-known sites and museums and miss the beauty and education of the Botanic Garden. You may want to include this place when you visit Washington, D.C.

Reflection on the season of Lent
March 18, 2015

Lent is a time to prepare for Easter celebration through serious thought, repentance and prayer. God is using the following quote to guide my thinking and prayer these days.

“Lent is the season during which winter and spring struggle with each other for dominance. As the buds open and the days lengthen, this is a season which calls or greater openness to God and a conversion in every area of our lives. It is time to face the darkness within and expose it to the light.”   -Michael Ford

What are your thoughts this Lent season?

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The most dangerous thing
March 16, 2015

Reality is many-sided, with numerous contrasts and paradoxes.

Here is one:
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
– Jesus

And here is another:
We are to regard existence as a raid or great adventure; it is to be judged, therefore, not by what calamities it encounters, but by what flag it follows and what high town it assaults. The most dangerous thing in the world is to be alive; one is always in danger of one’s life. But anyone who shrinks from that is a traitor to the great scheme and experiment of being. – G.K. Chesterton

What flag are you following?
Where is Jesus leading you these days?
Don’t shrink back. Walk forward bravely.