Change, Surprise, Life, Tragedy, and the Constant that is God’s Faithful Love

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!    How unsearchable his judgments,    and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33 When I go to visit my dad, my routine typically involves getting him up from his chair, having him use the walker to get to his room, serving him a cup of tea - …

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The grace of long-term friendships that stand the test of time

So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 This is the last day of the month, and I plan to offer my traditional "August in 31 photos" post either later today or tomorrow morning. Regardless, August 2022 has been epic in terms of both …

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Grandpa David Turns 94!

In this summer of big events, my dad has quietly notched up another year around the sun. Our granddaughter Beks, who is going into 4th grade and loves math, said, "If he was 100 he'd be born in 1922 so we just have to add six because 100 take away 94 is six so he …

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Faith and Art and Politics and More: Looking Beyond the Noise to See the Truth!

Jesus: "Be careful that you don’t practice your religion in front of people to draw their attention. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."Matthew 6:1 - Rebekah with David and Beks Note: Photos by Naomi Rebekah Campbell I just love it when something happens that lights a …

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Summer Heat – and Celebrating the Day

This is the day the Lord acted;    we will rejoice and celebrate in it!Psalm 118:24 Happy July, everyone! For "Photo Friday" this week I'll just refer everyone back to "June in 30 Pictures" from yesterday. The gallery turned out to be a wonderful pictorial journey through the beginning of Summer 2022. Summer - especially July, August, and September …

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The best photos (and memories) that didn’t make this week’s posts

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.    The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas    and built it on the ocean depths.Psalm 24 - writer Derek Maul Typically, my weekly "Photo Review" comes every Friday. But of course there has been nothing typical about anything these last …

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The Year 2021 in s̶e̶v̶e̶n̶t̶y̶-̶f̶i̶v̶e̶ (a little over 100) photographs

Here is my challenge. I need to communicate the essence of one whole year while still limiting myself to just a handful of photographs for each month. This is going to be tough, because some months involved a whole lot! August, for example, featured not only Rebekah's retirement, but a trip to the Mountains, and …

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Christmas 2021: Gritty – not some airbrushed Hallmark tableau

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.""I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, …

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First Wilmington (Derek & Rebekah go to church)

First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington I was glad when they said to me,    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” And now here we are,    standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem.Psalm 122:1-2 - Rebekah and Derek go to church This adventure has been - and continues to be - a most interesting exercise. Rebekah and I show up …

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Our essential mission is unchanged (and “Happy 93rd birthday, Dad!”)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes …

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