Where does your strength come from? 

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Where does your strength come from?

 

I’ve titled this photograph – ‘City of Chicago Old Water Tower Christmas’ – because looking at this scene tells me about living with strength and faith.

Strength because the tower, built in 1869, gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In the years since the fire, the tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and of the city’s recovery from the fire.

Faith because of many Christians who are missing out on many of the religious Christmas symbols that permeate our society this time of year.

People become caught up in the commercial aspect of Christmas, while forgetting what we as Christians are actually celebrating.

The most common symbols of Christmas, the Christmas Tree is an evergreen. It stands in stark contrast to the dead, brown, leafless trees of winter. It is ever green and ever alive, reminding us that we are created for everlasting life. The tree is often topped with a star or angel, reminding us of the Star of David and the angels that announced the birth of the Lord Jesus.

When I see these two symbols together in the public square, I’m overcome with joy and reminded of the scriptures.

“Jesus said to the crowds:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

for I am meek and humble of heart;

and you will find rest for yourselves.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” “
Matthew 11: 28-30.

 

Behold, the Lord comes to save his people; blessed are those prepared to meet him.

 



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Ascend – The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

via Photo Challenge: Ascend 

I’m a firm believer in prayer. … and prayer in numbers. What I like about this picture of a Roman Catholic Priest leading a group in prayer, is the emotion and body language of belief that the prayers are rising and ascend to Heaven.

In the Bible, Chapter 18, verses 19 and 20, it says (Catholic version): “l Again, [amen,] I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. .. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”.

 

Photo: © Frank J Casella All Rights Reserved via Flickr

 

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Cheeky

via Photo Challenge: Cheeky

Pictures that say Cheeky: impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way.

 

Buddy is looking for volunteers

The look he gives when he wants to play ball

 

 

Giving Five on the Fourth

Parade vibes

 

 

Winter Reading at the Library

When it’s cold outside

 

 

Park

City parking

 

 

 

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Silence from the noise of life

Peaceful, tranquil, quiet, still, restful, relaxing, undisturbed. These are the words that describe for me the serene of silence.

Likewise, I like to watch the changing of the seasons on the open waters and sky, as well the shadow play of the sun from morning until night.

These are the simple moments and words that provide for me silence from the noise of life. Here are two pictures to illustrate:

Prairie Lake

Prairie Lake at Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve in Illinois

 

Twilight

Clouds pass through the blue sky as twilight turns to dusk, also at the Izaak Walton Preserve just outside my backyard.

via Photo Challenge: Serene

 

 

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