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blog25 12.01.13 - MERCY

But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook the sins of men that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you? But you spare all things, because they are yours, O Lord and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
-- Wisdom 11:23-12:1

Perhaps there are some folks, or many, who don't share my love of the outdoors and my simple fascination with nature. I can certainly understand that, but I find that for whatever reason, I just have an easier time 'listening' to God in this aspect of His creation and better understanding His...

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For great is the power of God; by the humble He is glorified. What is too sublime for you , seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. What is committed to you, attend to; for what is hidden is not your concern. With what is too much for you meddle not, when shown things beyond human understanding. Their own opinion has misled many, and false reasoning unbalanced their judgment.
-- Sirach 3: 19-24

I'm not one to dwell much on dreams, but every once in a while I have one that is so remarkably vivid and thematically complete that it gives me pause and seems to bear further contemplation...

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blog25 10.20.13 - LET GO, AND LET GOD

And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
-- Luke 11:9-10

I recently gave my daughter a small book that taught her all about the indigenous wildlife that inhabits the southwest desert in our neighborhood. It's full of great pictures and information, the kind of useful stuff that helps educate kids about a part of creation that many of them find interesting, and some of them find truly awe-inspiring...

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blog25 10.06.13 - PRAISE GOD IN ALL THINGS (VIDEO)

Praise the Lord, who is so good; God's love endures forever; Praise the God of gods; Who alone has done great wonders; Who skillfully made the heavens, Who spread the earth upon the waters, Who made the great lights; The sun to rule the day; The moon and stars to rule the night... Praise the God of heaven, God's love endures forever.
-- Psalm 136:1-9, 26

None of my children were around as a bad knee and ankle were groaning at the thought of trekking up into the foothills. Still, a promise was a promise, and I was already late in my delivery.

My dog seemed game as I started gathering some light essentials into my pack. Her tail was...

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blog25 09.27.13 - LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME

Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one these little ones to drink because he is a disciple –– amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.
-- Matthew 11:40-42

I dropped my little squirrel off at the school bus stop this morning and watched as she scampered across the street and up the steps of the bus. How much will she remember from this young age when she gets to be my age?...

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blog25 09.13.13 - be strong, fear not! (video & gallery)

The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with joyful song. They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees of the weak. Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication. With divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared. Then will the lame leap like a deer, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.
-- Isaiah 35: 1-9

Desert Photo Gallery 09.13.13. Some folks may see the desert as a barren and inhospitable wasteland. Here's some photos I took on Good Friday of 2013 that paints a different picture...

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blog25 07.28.11 - love never fails

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes in all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Back in the early 80's, Notre Dame football was sputtering over a five year period, resulting in a lackluster performance of only 30 wins and 26 losses. Enter Lou Holtz...

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blog25 07.14.11 - what to do?

Lord, show me your way; lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Do not abandon me to the will of my foes; malicious and lying witnesses have risen against me. But I believe I shall enjoy the Lord's goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord! -- Psalms 27:11-14

My daughter and I were out back today and she found a little worm. Naturally, she wanted to put it in a cup with some dirt and hold on to little “wormy” as a pet.

I let her look at it for a while and tried to explain to her that wormy would be much happier back in the the dirt. About the same time, I noticed that my dog, Lily, was hopping around in my...

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blog25 03.07.11 - the might of providence

How can you say, Jacob, how can you insist, Israel, 'My destiny is hidden from Yahweh, my rights are ignored by my God'? Did you not know? Had you not heard? Yahweh is an everlasting God, he created the boundaries of the earth. He does not grow tired or weary, his understanding is beyond fathoming. He gives strength to the wearied, he strengthens the powerless. Young men may grow tired and weary, youths may stumble, but those who hope in Yahweh renew their strength, they put out wings like eagles. They run and do not grow weary, walk and never tire.
-- Isaiah 40:27-31

I try to run every day. Of course I'm not exactly a young man anymore, and sometimes find it...

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blog25 02.06.11 - a choice

I have seen ruthless scoundrels, strong as flourishing cedars. When I passed again, they were gone; though I searched, they could not be found.

Observe the honest, mark the upright; those at peace with God have a future. But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off.
-- Psalms 37:35-38

There's a mostly barren and sometimes lonely stretch of pavement cutting northwest from Phoenix through the Sonoran desert...

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