2014-069 MirrorWhat is it about photographers and mirrors?We know about selfies; we know about self-portraits. With these the camera is out of sight; it's the agent not the object. In the mirror shot the camera is front and center. The big, glass eye surveys the big, glass eye; agent and object merge.I've used a camera on tripod or stool to take a photograph of itself, but that's different; I've taken myself out of the picture. Son Robert and I routinely have camera duels, each photographing the other. That's different, too.The photographer's camera becomes an extension of the photographer. It's not the camera's big, glass eye that looks out on the world, it's my big, glass eye. The camera doesn't take the photograph, I do. The better I get at photograph the more the camera disappears; it's just the photographer and the photographed.The mirror photograph is a moment of self-awareness. I see myself with this thing of metal, glass, and plastic i
2014-068 Sunrise, sunsetSunrise came an hour later today, as did sunset.It is amazing, is it not, how we little humans can manipulate the heavens with our clocks. Such time-travelers we are.Pious folk are fond of saying that God is beyond time or outside of time, as if he watches time from the outside, like a worker next to an eternal conveyor belt, moving the people and pieces around as he pleases.It is a convenient thought, but it doesn't fit the biblical drama where God is intimately involved in our stories and where Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost, all of them concrete events in time, change the course of eternity.I expect it is closer to the truth to say that time is simply one of the ways that God is; that the ceaseless progression of one event after another is simply part of his nature. Yet he sees the end from the beginning. Such is the wonder of God.Universes may bang big and collapse into nasty black holes, but God remains God.Can I see God in the times of my li
2014-065 Ordinary blessingsOrdinary blessing are what keep us going.We are used to thinking about the big blessings of Christmas, Good Friday, Easter and Pentecost, which is good, for they are important things to think about. Christianity stands or falls on the resurrection of Jesus. Christmas and Good Friday and Pentecost are important, but Easter is the chief festival of the church year.If Lent ended with Good Friday, Good Friday with be Death Day and Lent a time of despair. Ordinary blessings wouldn't matter much. We would put flowers on graves to mask the awful emptiness of death and try to eke out some meaning in the vanity.But Good Friday isn't the end of the story.And because of that, ordinary blessings do matter.We see God in the ordinary......the beauty of God in the flowers...the face of Jesus in the poor, the alien, and the oppressed...the mystery of knowing God in the smile of a child for its mother and father...promises of creation renewed when the sick get better an
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