Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Love Chapter

There is a chapter in the Bible,often referred to as the love chapter.That is 1Corinthians 13.
I have added verses 1-7 of that chapter to this post.One slight difference from what you will read in the Bible,is the addition of the name Christ,instead of just saying love.
See what you think of this way of reading these verses.I do not wish to change Scripture,but I do think that may be an appropriate way of helping us to understand this portion.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, 
but have not Christ’s love, 
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal .
This is frost on the edge of the bird bath 

And though I have the gift of prophecy, 
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, 
but have not Christ’s love, 
I am nothing. 
Blue Jay waiting to get some peanuts. 

Christ’s Love is patient and is kind; 
Christ’s love does not envy; 
Christ’s love does not parade itself, Christ’s Love is not puffed up; 
 Bald Eagle in flight.

Christ’s Love does not behave rudely, 
Christ’s Love does not seek its own, Christ’s Love is not provoked, 
Christ’s Love thinks no evil; 
Sitting on the field with two Magpies. 

Christ’s love does not rejoice in iniquity, but 
Christ’s Love rejoices in the truth; 
 Hutterite friends going for a Sunday afternoon walk.

Christ’s Love bears all things, 
Christ’s Love believes all things, 
Columbine in my garden

Christ’s Love hopes all things, 
Christ’s Love endures all things. 
Christ’s Love never fails. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Winter Scenes and More

As I sit in my cozy living room,the wind outside is howling.If we had a layer of snow, we would be in blizzard conditions, but as it is, it's just very windy.

Today I share some pictures that depict a typical Manitoba winter. The fields are covered with a layer of snow, some of it whipped into unique shapes.

I sometimes pull over the car and just look out over the snowy landscape and marvel at the distinct shapes I see in the snow.

This picture, in particular, shows the sharp edges of some of the drifts.I think it's beautiful.

Perhaps I should have had these pictures first, but I didn't. Before the real cold of winter set in the birds flock together and head south.This was taken at  or near sunset.

Lake Minniwasta is now frozen over, but when I took this picture a few weeks ago, the water was still open. If you look carefully, you can see some snow among the trees on the far side.

Now,for those who don't like winter,I add a single flower picture. Quite obviously a spring shot.The Tulips are in full bloom.

Closing Thought:
Maybe this day is not one of your favourites, but 
Never forget that every  day you wake up is an 
    Amazing gift and it’s up to  you to make it count.