Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jesus in a doorway

That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. (Mark 1:32-34)

Can you see him, standing there in the door?  Warm light and conversation come from inside, where Simon's mother-in-law rejoices with family and neighbors and tells again the story of her miraculous healing.

Outside darkness has fallen, and with it have come the crowds.  They press in, letting the night hide their disfigurements of body and of soul.  Keenly they feel their pain and their shame, and yet they move toward that man in the doorway, toward the light.

In this hour of darkness the King of Light yet is glorious.  He speaks with authority.  He reaches out his hand in compassion.  The demons shriek, the darkness flees.   

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

the butterfly's summer

It swooped, it glided, it soared -
it lived out its brief life
landing on leaves 
     on flowers
                         on air,
and it was enough.

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Monday, June 18, 2012


Where have I been?  Mostly enjoying the long, warm days of summer, and the extra freedom of schedule I have this time of year.

Here's a taste of what I've been up to:
 Enjoying beautiful NY parks..

 Eating with friends in my backyard (including a little kitty friend)!

 Going to the Public Market every week for great deals and good food, ...

 ... flowers, and LOTS of people..
 .. and guitar music...
... and a European cheese shop!

 I visited a rose garden or two,

biked along the Genesee with a friend,

and walked the pier at Ontario Beach Park - twice so far.

Pretty good for halfway through June, I'd say.  What about you?  What wonderful summer adventures have you had, or do you have planned?  Any recommendations of great things to do in Western NY?

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Tale of Two Cities

I just finished reading A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens.  I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.  I have a new appreciation for Dicken's writing, which combines humour and wonderful descriptions with a good story and a thoughtful portrayal of human life.

A Tale of Two Cities presents a chiaroscuro of human character; loving and gracious characters shine brightly against a deeply dark background.  On it's own, that backdrop would be a disturbing, even frightening, picture of humanity.  The vengeful, blood-lusting crowds of Paris in the heyday of the guillotine are sobering in the caricature that Dickens presents.

And yet there is light.  We read of the strength of love, willing to sacrifice all.  Of the redemptive power of Christ's sacrifice which transforms even the most repulsive person into a hero.  Of the hope of resurrection.

Like the book of Esther, God is hardly mentioned, if at all.  One might even be tempted to believe he has abandoned France to its suffering.  Yet he is there.  And as the story builds to its climax, we read the oft-repeated refrain:
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Have you read this book, or other books by Dickens?  What did you think?