Thursday, February 28, 2013
I'm so lucky, I have two churches where I feel at home.
The picture above is from The Church of Our Saviour in Haugesund. The picture under is from Sauda Church, which is its official name.
The special thing is that both churches have altar pieces depicting Jesus in Gethsemane.
Both are made by local painters, both are very well describing the loneliness. pain and agony of Christ.
There is one important difference though.
On the Sauda altar piece Christ is not alone.
An angel was sent to wipe the blood sweat from his forehead.
Jesus felt alone. He prayed to avoid what he knew was coming. "Not as I will, but as you will," he added.
The answer was a comforting and strengthening angel.
We too are surrounded by angels.
Psalm 91:11 "For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;"
Let's rest in that promise.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Some way Ukraine has become the country people in this region of Norway consider their responsibility. Several organizations and private persons gather money for our starving, freezing, poor neighbors. Nobody can help all, everybody can help one. Fleemarkets are a poplar way of raising money.
mSerina and I went to a fleemarket this Saturday on a nearby island, Bokn. People there are famous for their collective spirit. They are mostly fishermen, oil rig workers or farmers, that means they are used to take responsibility for their neighbors in more than one way.
We are in between seasons. Ice in the salt sea, and flowers in the sunny hillsides.
There should be some red on the roofs, but I doubt you can spot them. I used my iPone cam on this trip.Three islands with bridges and two deep under water tunnels ( about 300 meeter below water) are connecting our town southwards.
Houses for fisher boats and tourists by the shore.
Old, weatherbeaten roof.
Ancient civilization, a garden with an old pavilion, orchard and the first snowdrops.
Serina resting after the "gold rush" .
The apex of the day, meeting the first snow drops of the year .
Home again displaying the catch of the day. A red latern, a vase, six trolls, a dozen books, Kosta Boda crystal, Pilgrim jewelry and other handy things for the home. Thank God; for the first meeting with the spring.
Photo © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher