13 February 2011

Counting the Countless

logo and inspiration from holy experience

Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom this world rejoices.
Who, from our mother's arms,
Hath led us on our way,
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

~ Martin Rinkart

(German pastor Martin Rinkart served in the walled town of Eilenburg during the horrors of the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. Eilenburg became an overcrowded refuge for the surrounding area. The fugitives suffered from epidemic and famine. At the beginning of 1637, the year of the Great Pestilence, there were four ministers in Eilenburg. But one abandoned his post for healthier areas and could not be persuaded to return. Pastor Rinkhart officiated at the funerals of the other two. As the only pastor left, he often conducted services for as many as 40 to 50 persons a day - some 4,480 in all. In May of that year, his own wife died. By the end of the year, the refugees had to be buried in trenches without services. Yet living in a world dominated by death, Pastor Rinkart wrote the above prayer for his children to offer to the Lord.)

Praying in pictures and words, offering praise on this, the Lord's Day. Counting...

Pepper, the guinea pig therapist

Don't laugh, but petting a sweet, tiny, furry, little creature
can often bring down the blood pressure
during a tense moment


A REAL snowfall

Teen daughter wiping out, laughing

Frolicking in a decent amount of snow
(for a change),
fun, wholesome, just really good.


Glass musical instrument concert

Enjoying a wonderful Christmas gift as a family.
Glass armonica and other glass instruments play tunes.
A real treat!


Inner artist comes out

Happy for a chance to let out my inner artist,
something that rarely occurs these days,
as I made a sign for a school event


Home made wheat bread

Finding a delicious and easy recipe on line
for a quick loaf of goodness
to go with dinner


All creatures great and small...

Gift of smiles
when I see one of "our" squirrels
enjoying treats from our Halloween pumkin,
digging for seeds
and leaving shells behind

All gifts, great and small, the Lord God gave them all.

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Annesta said...

I count your many blog post as part of my gifts this week. I hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!

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