my camera’s back!

30 03 2010


my camera’s back!

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

I had all intentions of blogging about today’s texts.. the Tuesday of Holy Week. Stuff about the foolishness of the cross..

But then a call came saying that my camera was back from being sent away!

For the second night in a row, Kajsa and I played hockey downstairs. She loves it, she laughs and laughs. But Abby! She wouldn’t stop chasing me down to play ball with her. She kept bringing me her tennis ball, for me to grab and throw for her. (her right cheek in this photo has a bulge from a tennis ball!) It was pretty funny, and pretty annoying, both at the same time.

So I snapped a few photos. And yes, just a few, believe it or not.





dimly burning

29 03 2010



dimly burning

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

Monday, of Holy Week…
a text for today is Isaiah 42:1-9, one of the Suffering Servant passages, referring, most likely, to Jesus Christ. Verse 3 says, “a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.” Since I don’t have a bruised reed to photograph–or even a reed–I went for a dimly burning wick. Not as dimly burning as some feel, some days. Because, realistically, there are a lot of bruised reeds that feel broken, and dimly burning wicks that feel as though they’ve been quenched.

Where’s the justice? we ask.. how long, O Lord? I don’t know. I do know that I’m supposed to be part of helping bring about justice. I know that there are times when I have wondered when it was my turn to feel the love of God in more tangible ways than spiritual ways.

I thank God that I have felt God’s love tangibly. I thank God that I have as many blessings as I have. And I also pray for the grace and the strength to help bring about justice.





a much better piece of today

28 03 2010

A link to a photo album, including some video, of today’s Palm Sunday procession with the kids. Kajsa’s the one in her tie dye dress, not really getting the part that she was supposed to wave the palm branches. oh well. It’s cute. Thanks to the Richard.





pieces of today: Sunday

28 03 2010



pieces of today

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

For the first time this Lent, I think, I missed the midnight self-imposed deadline for taking a photo a day! But Jim reminded me that in the Central time zone, it’s still before midnight.

These items represent part of today–not the Sunday-being-at-church part…. had I remembered to bring our palms home, I’d have those in the picture. So the photo doesn’t represent the whole day.. but part of it. Nor does it represent anything theological. Sure, I could say something theological, but instead, i’ll be satisfied with the unsatisfactory photo of part of my day.





palms, ready and waiting

27 03 2010


palms, ready and waiting

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

Thanks to Emma, (new Emma) for the use of her camera this morning, and emailing the photos to me! When we were at church for the Community Breakfast, I realized that the palms were out in the narthex, waiting for Sunday.. already torn apart by a volunteer, ready and waiting. So I asked E & L if one of them had a camera I could borrow.. they did. Thanks!

Palm Sunday can be so fun and celebrative…palms, celebration, praise, Hosannas, singing, kids marching/entering the sanctuary… Every Palm Sunday, though, I can’t help but remember the coming Holy week. The cross, the crown of thorns (pictured in the photo, etched in the glass)…

So tomorrow we both celebrate and anticipate. And remember.





Friday’s Pic: Moon and Cross

27 03 2010


Moon and Cross

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1) .. it’s easy to give thanks to God when looking at a gorgeous moon, a beautiful cross on a beautiful church.. It’s easy to remember God’s steadfast love… to feel God’s steadfast love.

I love this view. The photo, not so much–but you know how I feel about my camera being in the shop. Still, I love the view. I love walking the grounds of the church at night, with Abby… and looking up.

The challenge is to look “up” throughout the day. Not only when the beautiful cross and moon are noticeable, but all the time. To look up at the cross, to look to God for guidance… to give thanks at all times.. to remember the steadfast love of God…. at all times.





Define “Success”

25 03 2010


Define “Success”

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

Thurs., March 25th

Today I re-read Psalm 118, and was pleased to read this famous verse: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (118:24) But the next verse surprised me: “Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!”.. Give us success? I’ve always heard, probably because it’s what I wanted to hear, “Save us!”. But the success part?

I’m currently reading “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. There’s a movie, too-I think it came out in 2009. Go here for a synopsis, but suffice it to say that I’m intrigued, half-way through the book as I am, by the different ways that each main character might define “success”. I shouldn’t be, because that’s life, too. That’s humanity. And yet, in the book, at least, people love and care about each other (again, I’m only half-way through).

How do we define success, in our lives? Do we pray for it? If so, what do we expect or hope for? And how would our answered prayers then affect others—both those we know, and those we don’t know?





Catch up: yesterday

25 03 2010


maybe a colt, probably not

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

A colt? two colts? Probably not… but it’s what I had available yesterday, when looking for a colt. Without my regular camera. So I took the video camera outside on our afternoon walk to the church playground, and took video of the miniature horses (at least that’s what I think they are) at the farm behind the church parking lot.

So, hopefully either the colt was a little bigger than these miniature horses, or Jesus was quite petite.





uphill

23 03 2010


uphill, wrong direction

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

My camera is in the shop again. I’m trying not to dwell on the fact it was acting up enough that I took it to get fixed, even during this Lenten Photography season. Oh well. Today’s photo is taken with my computer, on “Photo Booth”, which isn’t as great as I’d like, but there you have it. Such is life.

This Sunday’s Palm Sunday scripture is from Luke 19.. the text where Jesus sends two of his disciples out to get the colt. The first couple verses of the passage say that Jesus was heading up to Jerusalem. It seems that Jesus had been in Jericho. Jerusalem is south of Jericho, and yet, it’s “up” to Jerusalem, because of the higher altitude. Up. Uphill. It seems to me that Jesus’ entire ministry on earth was an uphill journey… Uphill, and the wrong direction–not the direction that the world would have expected or wanted him to go.

And then there’s this coming week: Holy Week, but I doubt that was its name that first Holy Week. I bet it was more like, “This week was the worst ever….” until Sunday, of course. But I digress. Jesus’ uphill journey was, obviously, worth it.. So we Christians believe. And yet it had to be hard. To be climbing uphill, and occasionally slipping back down, then climbing some more… then slipping back down. The disciples got it, then they didn’t. People liked Jesus… then they were offended by him. The healings worked… then the religious authorities harassed him for healing on the Sabbath.. lots of uphill stuff.

It reminds me a bit of Chutes & Ladders. A teeny bit. Up the ladder, down the slide.. up the ladder, down the slide… only the slide isn’t a fun slide like at a water park, or a playground, but a rusty, dirty, probably-broken slide… I recognize how small, inconsequential and ridiculous this comparison is. It does no justice to Christ’s uphill journey for each one of us. But it is a small way to rethink this coming week… and how our choices and lifestyles might follow in the uphill footsteps of Jesus Christ.





cornerstone

22 03 2010



cornerstone

Originally uploaded by cathyse97.

Cornerstone. According to the freedictionary.com, cornerstone is “the stone which lies at the corner of two walls, and unites them; the principal stone; especially, the stone which forms the corner of the foundation of an edifice; hence, that which is fundamental importance or indispensable.”

Psalm 118: 22 says, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” The stone that the Psalmist refers to is Jesus Christ. And builders weren’t the only ones who rejected the stone. He was rejected by builders, farmers, religious authorities, lay authorities, those who think they’re authorities, those who think they have no authority, etc…

Many rejected Christ. Many continue to reject Christ. Regardless of profession–or age, gender, background, etc. Sometimes I’m part of that “many”. Sometimes I make choices that don’t reflect Christ as the cornerstone of my life. Sometimes I do. And sometimes I don’t make the choice, which results in the choice being made for me. My intentions are to reflect how fundamentally important Christ is in my life… but I sometimes need to revisit how that’s going.