God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Are any among you suffering?

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. James 5:13-18
Are any among you suffering?
pray
Are any among you sick?
have elders pray
the prayer of faith will save the sick
God will raise them up
prayer for one another so you may be healed
the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective

are any among you suffering?
pray
pray but don't stop there
pray for the suffering
then act
act to make sure they have healthcare
act to make sure that the medicine needed is avaible
act to make sure that doctors and nurses are present where there is illness
act to make sure that our governments do something to heal people
act to support health systems (doctors without borders, planned parenthood, free clinics)

are any among you suffering?
pray
then call your legislators
       to save your healthcare,
                   your child's healthcare,
                   your neighbor's healthcare,
then call your legislators
        to save the healthcare
                   of poor children,
                   of nursing home elders,
                   of those suffering with addiction

are any among you suffering?
pray
then protest in front of your legislators office
then join in on rallies and sitins
then vote for those who will protect the vulnerable


Friday, June 23, 2017

He's Smiling, I worry

Have you seen the pictures?
Feelin great. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
they have just released their plan for healthcare
he is surrounded by reporters asking for his response
he is smiling.

He is smiling.
I am worried.
what does this mean for my family?

the age group I just entered
you know the one.
where when you go to the doctor
they talk about blood pressure, cholesterol
they start speaking about pills and tests
you think I'm only 50
when did things start falling apart

he is smiling
I am worried
the picture is even labeled feeling great
he can feel great
he is in no danger of losing his healthcare
he will have it free for life
he will probably even get a huge tax cut
I'm not smiling
I'm worried

now that I have a prexisting condition
now that I am on Obamacare because of job decisions
I find it hard to smile
will I be able to afford insurance come January
will the insurance I can afford cover what I need medically
what if I someday need surgery
how will I be able to afford the new high deductibles and copays
he smiles
I worry

he smiles
I remember the stories
 “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;  ...  I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, ... And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” ... “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:35-39
I remember the man he says of course I chose to make you well
I remember the ones he grants mercy, forgiveness, and healing to
I remember those children, lepers, bent woman, broken men
I remember those he healed
I remember the least of these

he smiles
I worryhe smiles
I resist
he smiles
I cry out for justice
he smiles
I pray




Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Will Be With You



 






On my vacation, we went on the Architectural Tour of the Chicago River. It was a beautiful day to float down the river. You get a very different sense of the city when you are down on the river going by all of the buildings. You see building that you have never seen before and become aware of the variety of building styles there are.


One of the buildings that fascinated me was 150 North Riverside. When you begin to go by the building the first thing you notice is that the bottom is smaller. As some people say it looks like a tuning fork. There is an angle to the building for five stories it expands. Then you notice the beauty of the glass. The way you can see the clouds and other buildings. Our guide told us its history. There was this empty space that couldn’t be utilized because of the challenges of having the railroad blocking part of the land. They gathered together engineers, architects, and construction workers to develop a plan that would make building possible. They came up with the design people jokingly call the guillotine. The final test they had to run was what would happen in a strong wind. Would the sway be too great for the building that was smaller at the bottom. They figured out how to place the pilings deep enough to help keep it strong enough for the load. But they needed something more. So they placed at the top these giant tanks of water. When the wind blows the water shifts in the opposite way from the building creating the stability needed for high winds so the building does not sway too far.
These invisible water tanks create stability. 
"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." Isaiah 43:2
God provides that water that makes us stable. When we have hit a rough patch in life, God serves as a ballast to help us come through to the other side, to keep us upright when the winds want to knock us down. To steady us when its seems like the world is shifting beneath our feet. God is with us in the moments of trouble, challenge, and difficulty allowing stability to reemerge.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

form

squares
rectangles
stark
concave
circles
waves
spiraling
reaching
crawling
how high
how big
glass
stone
concrete
granite
steel
metal
the stor they tell
the buildings tell about us
some speak of our mastery
some speak of beauty, transcendance
some speak of function
some speak of forms that show
gothic
bauhous
brutalism
modern
postmodern
student
teacher
green
in the lines
in the waves
in the form and function
even as they try to get away from earth
the forms reflect mathmatical principles
the form reflects us
the form reflects God


photos from the Architectural Iver Tour of Chicago.