When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 56:3-4
This has been a long month! Yes, 31 days, but also 31 days of pandemic, restrictions, lockdown, zoom meetings, separation from 750-plus amazing church peeps, bad news, 100,000+ deaths, political gamesmanship, and so much more.
But you know what? Life goes on. Life remains challenging, inspirational, inventive, full with amazingly positive people, and hope. So much hope. Hope built on the firm foundation of a faith that does not lose heart when the world around us loses its way. Faith rooted in the always wide-open invitation of Jesus to come home to an authentic relationship with God.
So I’m closing out this month – on this Spirit-saturated Pentecost Sunday – with one photo per day. Thirty-one days, thirty-one photos. Each image, to me, is a firm, unwavering reminder of God’s faithful love as expressed in the day-to-day experience of living as a much-loved child of God in this sometimes chaotic world.
My prayer is that these words, and these images, will provide a few smiles, a lot of encouragement, and even a little inspiration.
In love, and because love always wins – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.