Psalm 46

Be still











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Another QCC

Remember this photo? Well, a kayaker from another state had been reading all the kayak postings on my blog while he waited for delivery of his kayak, and he sent me the photo below as an homage to Balance. The shepherd is Sedona, and the boat is a Q600X. If he likes his QCC as much as I like mine, he’s in for a lot of paddling fun.

Thanks for the notice, and for reading, sir.

homage photo

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The Speed at which Thought Travels


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Body Challenge, Spirit Challenge — Another Season Completed

Seven made the journey uphill. Steep, rocky, and long, the trail has become familiar. So have the faces and paces, now that some years have met us, together. There were some sections where trees were fallen, a momentary disarray that is part of the longer term of beauty. None of us look exactly like we did, nor feel the same in muscles that answer less enthusiastically than once. But all of that is okay, because Table Rock is where we belonged that day…not because of where, but who.

Here are some of the small animals that shared with us their mountain.


a garter snake, calm and fat


Henderson’s granola, and the one removing it


a fence lizard, also well-fed, miles from the nearest fence


toward life that is next


It’s like singing a cappella when a Steinway is in the room.


This moth was caught in a spider web between two window panes of our cabin. After rescuing it with a stick, I took this bad picture with my left hand. I was preparing to take a better one when it flew away and started bashing itself into the light fixture.

And seven pastors woke up the next day, got in their cars and went back to their churches.

…but slowly.

Any pace quicker than what a mountain allows is faster than what one’s spirit should expect of itself away from the mountain. Don’t we bruise time with our hurry? Don’t we bash holes in our souls as we uselessly flail into the glare of expectations that God did not invent? Yeah. So we walk, breathing and sweating our way across holy incline where, together, we come to remember how small the rest of it is.

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When your bathtub starts looking like this, it’s time to do some cleaning!


No, actually these lovely organisms were doing precisely what they were designed to do, performing their red-legged, aqueous dance in a North Carolina pond.



What might the music have been?

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Please Stand By

I’m having difficulty with WordPress. I keep getting kicked offline while trying to access my posting page. This represents progress, though, and hopefully I’ll be able to post new articles soon.

~ Steve

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On Saturday, my brother-in-law received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. After so much hard work, study, and research across the span of years, it was exciting to see him meet that goal. Here are a couple of after-ceremony shots.


Wonderful children!

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