“A time to grieve and a time to dance.” November in 30 Photographs

For everything there is a season,    a time for every activity under heaven.2 A time to be born and a time to die.    A time to plant and a time to harvest.3 A time to kill and a time to heal.    A time to tear down and a time to build up.4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.    A …

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Rain, soggy leaves, and dog photos!

This morning in Wake Forest it is cold and wet, reminding me of the late autumn in England. I have fond memories of walking home from school in my "Wellies," sloshing through deep piles of wet leaves, or playing soccer in the mud on a cold, rainy afternoon (it was fun only if you were …

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Saturday just about every photo was a keeper

- me and Geoffrey on the choo choo Feature image (colorful wall) by Naomi Campbell Our Saturday in Central Florida did a lot to remind me of how exhausting and fast-paced life with children can be. All we did was go to Disney Springs for brunch and three hours later Rebekah and I were pretty …

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The day after Thanksgiving in a dozen photographs (because the computer ate my words)

Friday was a good day. Then, in the evening, I wrote an interesting post featuring my niece Hannah and her family, my afternoon at "The Ravenous Pig" in Winter Park, watching The World Cup with another niece (Lindsay) and her fiancé Johnny, some cool images from my drive through downtown Orlando and then Mexican food …

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Standing up to Testify (transcript of my words at dad’s service)

- Wake Forest Presbyterian Church My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in …

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The best photos from this important family weekend

When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "The fruit of the Spirit is not only love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness etc., but also a beautiful family." Derek Maul This sad but historic weekend was a whirlwind, followed by a …

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Reason to smile, cause to reflect, and an invitation to pause

- This is one happy grandmama with three beautiful grandchildren Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians …

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“Who was that girl who prayed so beautifully?

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:22 - 1949 I think the hardest thing about this week is the grief my mother is going through. It's not that she can't accept that 94 years meets …

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A life in photographs: David Maul (1928-2022)

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book.Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:16 - David and Grace circa 1949 The implicit invitation for Photo Friday this week is unavoidable. "Hey, Derek! How about splashing a bunch of photographs of …

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This is the day the Lord has made: Geoffrey turns two and life gets brighter!

This is the day the Lord has created;    let us rejoice today and be glad.  Lord, save us!    Lord, grant us success! Psalm 118:24-25 - Geoffrey turns 2!!!! It is important, especially in the middle of all the activities and reflections surrounding a death, that we remember to take time for the amazingly positive events - such as birthdays …

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