A spectacular day exploring Clingmans Dome and Dry Falls

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.Psalm 121:1-2 - on top of Clingman's Dome The only possible word to summarize Wednesday's mountain experiences with the grandchildren is "spectacular." It helps, of course, that this is all …

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Waterfalls as art: stunning new photographs from the mountains

- image by Gayle Akerman Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns." - Revelation 19:6“Drip down, O heavens, from above,And let the clouds pour down …

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Parkway vistas and Mingo Falls

In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain... when the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” "Psalm 11:1,3 Saturday morning’s mountain expedition was the stunning Mingo Falls in the Qualla Boundary, near Cherokee. First, up 162 steps to the trail, …

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waterfalls, God’s generous love, and religious fundamentalism

As promised, I'll continue posting pictures and stories from our Great Smoky Mountain adventure. But today, I'm also going to weave in a quote from George MacDonald. MacDonald, for those of you who aren't familiar with his writings, is a minister/writer/novelist from the late 19th Century. He was admired by Dickens, seriously influenced C.S. Lewis, …

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