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On the Eve of Potential Impeachment…Psalm 146

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Psalm 103 in Big Sycamore

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1 Of David. Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 

2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits– 

3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 

4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 

5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

vcm_s_kf_repr_832x624 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

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11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 

12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 

13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 

14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 

15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; 

16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

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17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– 

18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. 

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 

21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 

22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul.

Beauty Day 175

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


 

Beauty Day 175

 

Stopping by Flowers on a Preschool Morning

Little girl stops by amazing flowers

“I love these flowers” she says

gramma loves these flowers too

“and you are the prettiest of all”

Beauty Day 99

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Beauty Day 99 Winter’s Demise

Birds chatter playing tag

shake raindrops from empty branches

crows act as referee

hawking out the score

this new life will not wait

for the long, cold rain to end

bulging, bursting, pushing

spring enters the world

 

Beauty Day 98

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Beauty Day 98 Mt Rainier

 

Rainier impresses

yet not alone–the foreground

threads frame, bow, applaud

 

 

 

 

Beauty Day 96

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Beauty Day 96 A Wooden Fence

 

there’s something about

a wooden fence

that gets me every time

I’m talking about the see-through kind

not those brick wall jobbies

that are meant to separate

so that not even viewing is allowed

a wooden fence with wooden bars

like a ladder, easy to climb over

such a style boasts the grain of wood

and permits a person to compare

which side really looks the greenest

this side or that

though winter wet deciduous leaves

aren’t green at all

mainly I like a fence

because it’s like a young child dancing

in wild and crazy polka dots

expressing vibrancy

that costs nothing

and leads to nowhere

that’s why I love to look at wooden fences

I think the adult word is

aesthetics–kind of dead sounding–

yet fences are alive

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Day 95

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Beauty Day 95 Ready, Begin

 

spring crouches in the wings

wound tightly as a nearly pouncing cat

like a Broadway musical

at the moment the curtains lift

props set

the stage arranged

actors’ lungs filled

first syllable on countdown

score practised

choreography complete

instruments tuned

musicians in posture

ready

for the sudden rise

and strong descent

of the conductor’s magic wand

The show begins!

greens and pinks

purples, yellow

I see it all

in these living buds

silently screaming

all over town–

spring has almost sprung

we only need that one sunny

warm day

for all to be transformed

from winter’s muted tones

of deafening gray

to spring’s essential touch

 bright cacophony

of bursting sound

a healthful baby’s

chubby flush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Day 94

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Beauty Day 94 Raising a Standard Against the Gray

 

Gray is a permanent fixture

no one’s fault

that’s just the way it is

brightness can be fleeting

a moving, temporary thing

gray needs no help in being gray

while brightness must be fed

encouraged

because brightness is alive

and gray is dead

brightness will succeed

brightness overcomes darkness

turns everything around it

into day

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Day 93

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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Beauty Day 93 Strings of Things

 

Walking in a rain

that doesn’t end

one rain after another

day after day

I encounter

strings of things

nice things

things that don’t matter

a string of days

a string of birds

perched

high and dry

on strings of wires

a string of pussy willow buds

and a string of pearl drops

formed by rain

a perfect circle

stitched together

by strings of straight things

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Day 92

Find one beautiful thing every day and take a photo of it.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  ♦

Beauty Day 92 Dragon Fruit

 

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exotic fruit

from an exotic land

surely it must be exotic

because I am a tourist here

and I don’t see this fruit back home…

riding the bus

to see where it goes

riding back again

hopping off to visit awhile

not knowing what we’ll find

maybe the best decaf

I’ve ever tasted

maybe an out of this world

whole wheat

blueberry muffin

juicy not too sweet

or perhaps the flakiest

baklava

I’ve ever laid eyes on

(we gave it as a gift)

maybe this exotic fruit

called dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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