Saturday, May 17, 2008

365.25 - Day 20

365.25 - Day 20
Originally uploaded by whatnext
This lovely church is in southern Minnesota, not far from I-90. I was particularly drawn to the large Celtic cross behind the table.

A beautiful and peaceful place and a hopeful place, which is located at the top of a hill.

"You brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your own possession, the place, O LORD, that you made your abode, the sanctuary, O LORD, that your hands have established." (Exod 15:17 NRSV)

Friday, May 16, 2008

365.25 - Day 19

365.25 - Day 19
Originally uploaded by whatnext
Our destination is Minnesota, but our flights terminate in Sioux Falls. On the way up, we connected through Chicago's O'Hare International. This fully articulated 72-foot long Brachiosaurus dinosaur skeleton casts its shadow far down the length of Terminal 2.

Airships and huge creatures take me into the Psalter:

"There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it." (Ps 104:26 NRSV)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

365.25 - Day 18

365.25 - Day 18
Originally uploaded by whatnext
Sara and I went away for the weekend to Minnesota, where I had a visiting preaching assignment at a Presbyterian Church.

Thanks to the limited flight availability at Corpus Christi International [?] Airport, we decided to depart from San Antonio (at significant savings). We stayed with good friends overnight on Thursday in anticipation for our Friday early morning flight to Sioux Falls. This sign was at the head of our guest bed.

Traveling mercies can be sweet, and our stop in San Antonio was no exception. Deepest thanks to our gracious hosts, Bob and Marcia.

"Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers." (Rom 12:11-13 NRSV)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Temporarily Absent

We have been away for a few days, and internet access has been minimal. Posts will resume soon. The 365.25 project continues, but the photos won't be posted until tomorrow. See you soon!

365.25 - Day 17

365.25 - Day 17
Originally uploaded by whatnext
Two minutes and 35 seconds: That's all the time it took for Jodi to wolf down her dinner.

I took the liberty of condensing the gluttonous debauchery to a mere 47 seconds. She sure does know how to get her eating on. Notice show she has the audacity to put her left front paw in frame. The nerve.

"From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, 'Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.' But she answered him, 'Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.' Then he said to her, 'For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.' So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone." (Mark 7:24-30 NRSV)

... Or perhaps Jodi's chowing-down represents amazing gratitude.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

365.25 - Day 16

365.25 - Day 16
Originally uploaded by whatnext
Indian Point Park is just off of Highway 181 as you leave Portland heading west to Corpus Christi. Over 36 bird species reside here at various times during the year.

I'm not sure about the identity of this wading bird, but I loved the long, multi-colored beak. It smoothly and slowly made its way through the water, more or less oblivious to my presence. I made this photo from the front seat of my car while returning home from a meeting in Corpus Christi.

It's now day 16 of the project, but day five is when the birds first came forth:

"And God said, 'Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.' So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.' And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day." (Gen 1:20-23 NRSV)

Monday, May 12, 2008

365.25 - Day 15

365.25 - Day 15
Originally uploaded by whatnext
My lovely wife found a recipe in her trusty Real Simple magazine for quick 'n easy chicken curry. Here it is:

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3/4 heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained (optional)
1 rotisserie chicken
2 cups cooked white rice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Heat the oil in a large skilled over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes. Spinkle the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the yogurt and cream and simmer gently for 3 minutes. Stir in the salt, pepper, and tomatoes (if using). Remove from heat. Slice or shred the chicken, discarding the skin and bones. Divide the rice and chicken among individual bowls, spoon the sauce over the top, and sprinkle with cilantro.

Darn good.

Spices come up several times in the bible, almost always portrayed as items of high value:

"Hezekiah welcomed them; he showed them his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them." (Isa 39:2 NRSV)

I think it is fascinating to consider how dull much our food would be without basic spices. Can we even imagine such a thing? We cannot.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

365.25 - Day 14

365.25 - Day 14
Originally uploaded by whatnext
Today was, of course, Pentecost. It seems fitting that the oft-cited "birthday of the church" would coincide this year with the civic recognition we accord by honoring our mothers. One birth alludes to the other.

It is said that Mother's Day is usually the busiest day for the phone companies. For the first time in my memory, however, all of our Mother's Day calls where made with webcams and Skype. Sara and I bother spoke with our respective moms as well as with my sister Bethany (a new mom this year) and her hubby, Ken.

When I was born, we only had AT&T. Talk about a paradigm shift.

Today I found this remark by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians:

“'Honor your father and mother'—this is the first commandment with a promise: 'so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.'" (Eph 6:2-3 NRSV)

The first occurrence of a divine commandment of God that carries with it a promise is about our parents.

Happy Mother's Day

Hi Mom-

I just wanted to let you know that I love you. May God bless you with a wonderful Mother's Day.


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