Category: Life

Valentine

Valentine Day – when two souls get together and start a dance

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Lanterns

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Life is colourful but many people are colour blind.

Overhead lanterns lining walkway between two shopping malls in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Celebrations of the Lunar Chinese New Year 2017.

Garden of the Soul

Nurturing and growing our souls is like maintaining a beautiful garden. It takes a lot of work and commitment. There is the tilling the soil, adding of fertilisers, planting of seeds, watering, and weeding. There are periods of silence when there seem to be nothing happening in the garden. At other times, there seem to be so much that needs to be done. The garden is constantly changing. So does our souls.

Sunken Garden in Butchart Gardens, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Sunset

At the end of the day; love God, love yourself, love your spouse and family, love your friends, love your neighbours, and love your life. The days are long but the years short. Here today and gone tomorrow. Love much, love often, and love deeply.

Sunset on the Pacific Ocean.

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Wonder

A child’s sense of wonder and awe is a wonderful approach to summer. By the time many of us reach the autumn and winter of our lives, we have become cynical and jaded. Summer is full of freshness; always something to delight, something to laugh at, and something to behold in awe. May we never lose our sense of wonder and awe.

Little girl watching salmon swimming in a lake in Capilano Park, Vancouver, Canada

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Marina

In Life there is always arriving and departing. Life is both a destination and a journey. We cannot determine our arrival and departure. We can, however, determine how we travel the journey. There will be ups and downs. There will be storms and rain. We are here. Endure and even enjoy the ride!

Marina in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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Silence

An interior silence will enable one to live through life’s most turbulent storms. Many of us tried to achieve this state of silence but were shaken when tested by these storms. The type of ‘silence in our souls’ that can withstand storms cannot be created or attained by human efforts. We can only get this silence when it is spoken into us. The One who can speak such silence is God whose language is silence.

Mountain lake in Misty Fjord Mountains Monument, Tongass Nature Reserve, Alaska. August 2016.

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Shelter

 

1 Behold, a king will reign righteously

And princes will rule justly.

2 Each will be like a refuge from the wind

And a shelter from the storm,

Like streams of water in a dry country,

Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.

3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded,

And the ears of those who hear will listen. (Isaiah 32:1-3)

 

May the Lord bless us with rulers like these.

 

Capilano Park, Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada. August 2016

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Hailstones

Sometimes blessings, like hailstones or pallet of ice, may hit us hard and cost some pain. It may take us a while as we watch it melt before we discover it to be life-giving water. Many of the misfortunes, destroyed dreams and losses that we face in our lives may actually be blessings in disguise. So long we hang on, the blessings will reveal itself. It is never actually over until it is over.

Hailstones on a leave in Butchart Garden, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Ice

9“Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.
10“From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen. (Job 37: 9-10 NASB)

The Hubbard Glacier in Alaska. A massive wall of ice, slowly moving into the sea. What we see from the sea will be 400-years old ice as it takes that long for the ice to move down from its source; about 120 km from the coast. Most of the ice of this wall is under water so ships cannot sail too close to the terminus. Regularly, icebergs calved from the wall, some of them the size of ten-story buildings. Most human constructions pale in comparison. Beholding it, one can only acknowledge that God is an awesome God.

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