It’s a Wonderful World – “four-photo-Thursday”


 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light… 

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. – Genesis 1:1-3, 31

There has been a huge (and positive) response to yesterday’s “Pope Francis” post. Click here if you missed it: “Yay Pope Francis! my theory on why he’s such a phenomenon.”


Today – and it’s a beautiful 63-degree mid morning right now – we going with the simple “4-photos” format:

THE MOST EXPENSIVE BEST DOG IN THE WORLD: All things considered, Scout Labradoodle is doing well in the health department. She’s happy; she’s getting into trouble (can you really be upset when a dog who had been struggling to climb three stairs gleefully now jumps onto the guest-room bed for her afternoon nap?); she’s the “poster-dog” for three hugely profitable medicines; the allergy shots seem to be working; and her “grain-free” diet not only rounds out how “special” she is, but is helping BLUE Freedom brand dog food make record profits.

This week we went directly from the doggie beauty-parlor to the vet’s office, where she held court in the waiting room while two vets, three vet-techs, and all the office assistants gathered around to admire her.

IMG_2889IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD: Cue the iconic Louis Armstrong rendition here. No, we may not have the “fall colors” yet, but they are surely coming; Wake Forest has been enjoying refreshing temperatures, fall is in the air, and the hot summer is well and truly over.

The last few mornings, walking Scout just as the sun comes up (lead photo), the sky has had that inviting, “It’s a wonderful world, and this is going to be a beautiful day” look. Even driving around town – especially cresting the hill heading east on 98 – the vistas echo the theme.

IMG_2908TOGETHER: Every new day is a gift. Rebekah and I always begin with coffee, and sometimes breakfast, on the deck. We feel the freshness of the new day, we share a brief devotion and prayer, we talk about whatever is on our minds, and then – eventually – we pull out our smart-phone calendars and see what is going to finally draw us out of the serenity and into the rhythm of daily life.

But – of course – the devotion, and the prayer, and the enjoyment of one-another has already set the cadence, and the balance of the day proceeds out of that most important context.

This photograph shows that – sometimes – Rebekah’s work begins right there on the deck, on the phone, talking and praying with someone who needs that pastoral connection; maybe re-calibrating the morning in response; maybe sharing something as intimate as a birth, a family crisis, or even the final moments of a life; always understanding that this new day, like every day, is the most precious of gifts…

That is my “4-photo” report for today. I’ve thrown a few more into the gallery, below. May you have a day filled with God’s rich blessings and resonating with peace – DEREK

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