Paradox – grief and blessing – Godspeed my brother (Geoff Maul)

March 12: The passage of time is sometimes difficult to grasp. So it is hard to believe that it has been ten years since my brother Geoff completed the earthly part of his journey and slipped away into eternity.
This post from 2012 is both a powerful memory and a very real invitation into life today.
Peace – DEREK

Derek Maul: Words and Photographs for the Journey

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. – Romans 14:8

Geoff (and Maggie) in September 2011, the day we started our ongoing series of interviews

This is going to be a hard post to do right. But I have to try. This blog is where I do a lot of my processing of life, my thinking out loud. And you, those curious enough to read over my shoulder, are a huge part of how I write and how I continue to grow. Thanks so much for being a part of me.

I lost an important part of me around 8:15 yesterday evening. My brother, Geoff, is just plain gone.

Oh, I understand the fact that Geoff is – and always will be – a critically important element of what…

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It’s International Women’s Day! Here are my thoughts from five years ago – definitely IMHO worth another look – DEREK

Derek Maul: Words and Photographs for the Journey

International Women’s Day:

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28

international-womens-dayTo be honest, International Women’s Day hadn’t even been on my radar this week. Sure, I’m a huge fan of equal rights, and of women in general, but I don’t live in a milieu where – for the most part – gender-based oppression is systemic, systematic, “in your face” blatant. And so, as it often tends to go with me, the issue slips off my radar.

Then, opening Google for the first time this morning, the search bar subtitle grabbed my attention: “Celebrate the women who inspire us every day. #HerVoiceIsMyVoice”

So, and in response to that prompt – BTW, thanks, Google – here’s a short post doing exactly that.

MY International Women’s Day…

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Getting it right…

We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.Ephesians 2:10 So I had an interesting thought this weekend. It was Saturday evening, after one of the more difficult caregiving 24-hours I have experienced in a while. The …

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Derek & Rebekah go to church… in Washington

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.Colossians 1:27 The “Derek & Rebekah go to church” series has been on hiatus since late November, when we settled on HMPC and stopped being Sunday morning butterflies. - This …

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Ethiopian Food, International Flavor, and Promise Rooted in Belief

Ethiopian food - Rebekah, Seth, Jesse, me, Heather, Sarah Rebekah and I started out early Thursday morning, so we were able to make Jacksonville in time for dinner. It was touch and go for a while, though, given the usual holiday traffic conditions heading South on 95. Regardless, we managed to pull into The Nile …

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Guest post from Rebekah (retirement thank-you note)

Having spent all of August and most of September writing thank-you notes to the legions of marvelous and amazing people who went out of their way to make the August 1 retirement over-the-top wonderful, last week Rebekah published a response of gratitude in the WFPC newsletter.She has given me permission to reproduce it here.Rebekah's words, …

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Support, Encouragement, and Accountability (why I need my men’s ministry brothers)

- Wayne, Ray, Larry, Keith, Paul, Andy, Harold, Derek, Dave, Robert, David, George, Bob  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds... - Hebrews 10:23-24 I wanted to take the photograph. I actually had my …

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200 men, on their feet, shouting!

“Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” - Joshua 6:10When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout... the wall collapsed; so everyone charged …

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Learning how to be “Sunflower People” (photos that will make your heart sing)

Today – July 20th, 2021 – I had a most excellent post prepared. But I couldn’t share because it turns out I would have scooped a story I am in the process of writing for people who actually pay me for my work!

The bottom line here is that my readers are going to have to wait for a really interesting post about COVID and mental-health challenges for college students.

Now I am out of time. So, please enjoy this re-post from last summer. Some amazing sunflower photos definitely worth seeing again.
Peace – DEREK

Derek Maul: Words and Photographs for the Journey


And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? – Jesus, Sermon on the Mount

DSC_0427With this week looking wet and windy, now is a great time to have our spirits lifted by sunflowers.

That’s exactly why I headed out to Hill Ridge Farms Sunday evening. Sunflowers have been on my radar for a while and I already had a photography trip in mind for mid-week; then the prospect of storm damage on the open fields inspired me grab my…

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Teacher, guide, friend, master…? However we define Jesus, our answer demands action

Jesus: "Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” - Matthew 11:29-30 (The Message) Note: I should mention here, for those of you who have …

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