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Happy Easter! 2011

Posted in Christian, Christianity, Jesus, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

                   St. Roses Catholic Church, Fort Rock, Oregon

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.

          ~S.D. Gordon


May your Easter be blessed and inspire you with new life!


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A Spring Blessing

Posted in holidays, odds and ends, poem, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

I found this in The Circle of Life by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr and it seemed appropriate on this first day of Spring. Although it snowed here in the mountains yesterday; and again today, and will again tomorrow … This is probably may be my favorite time of year, full of hope … with all things new … with greenery struggling to get through the snow already melting. And the added bonus of my birthday in a couple of days! May this time “work magic in the corners of our darkness.” May you all be blessed!

A Spring Blessing

Blessed are you, spring,

bright season of life awakening.

You gladden our hearts

with opening buds and returning leaves

as you put on your robes of splendor.

Blessed are you, spring.

In you is a life no death can destroy.

As you exchange places with winter

you harbor no unforgiving spirit

for broken tree limbs and frozen buds.

Blessed are you, spring.

You open the closed buds of our despair

as you journey with us

to the flowering places.

Blessed are you, spring.

You invite us to sing songs

to the frozen regions within

and to bless the lessons of winter

as we become your partner in a new dance.

Blessed are you, spring.

Like Jesus, standing before the tomb of Lazarus,

you call to us: “Remove winter’s stone, come out,

there is life here you have not yet tasted.”

Blessed are you, spring,

free gift of the earth.

Without cost we gaze upon your glory.

You are a gospel of good news

for the poor and rich alike.

Blessed are you, spring.

Your renewing rain showers and cathartic storms

nurture the potential that sleeps in Earth’s heart

and in our own earthen hearts.

Blessed are you, spring,

season of resurrection, sacrament of promise.

Like Jesus you rise up out of the darkness,

leaving around you a wake of new life.

Blessed are you, spring,

miracle child of the four seasons.

With your wand of many colors

you work magic in the corners of our darkness.

Blessed are you, spring,

season of hope and renewal.

Wordless poem about all within us

that can never die.

Each year you amaze us

with the mirace of returning life.

New Years Blessing 2011

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

We, as a family had a great time ringing in the New Year at the Klamath Tribes New Years Eve Pow Wow in Klamath Falls, Oregon! I wish to share a blessing with you all to kick off the New Year …

Declaring God’s Blessing For 2010

I choose to initiate God’s promises and blessings for my life in 2010 by declaring them as true.  He is the “God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17, NIV).  The power in a blessing is in speaking it!  Because I believe that God has more wonderful things planned for me than I can even imagine (Ephesians 3:20) for the coming year, today I declare that:

I am blessed with God’s divine purpose and perfect plan for my life.  I am blessed with gifts, God-given abilities and guidance.  I am blessed with strength of character, self-determination and self-control.  I am blessed with family and friends, faith and freedom.  I am blessed with health, happiness, favor and fulfillment.  I am blessed with promotion, protection, prosperity and provision.  I am blessed with spirit of obedience, supernatural success and a positive outlook on life.  I am blessed with a fresh start and a new outlook on life, beginning today.

I am looking forward to the new thing God will do in my life this year.  I choose to let go of the past and get excited about my future because I am blessed!

In Jesus’ name, Amen  (Joel Osteen)

 

Thanksgiving Prayer

Posted in holidays, prayer with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

I love Thanksgiving! Over the years, I’ve watched other holidays become commercialized and thought there wasn’t anything anyone could do to ruin Thanksgiving. It was commercialization-proof. It may take money to travel to Grandma’s house and to buy the feast’s fixings, but Thanksgiving is exactly that, a day to give thanks. The original true story of Thanksgiving began with many believing in God or higher power and Pilgrims believing in the Bible. And, today people choose whether to make that a part of their story.
Allow me to share this prayer on Thanksgiving …

Thanksgiving Prayer

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.

We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.

We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.

We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.

We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a
beneficent eye.

Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

Iroquois Prayer, adapted

Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy Halloween

Posted in holidays, odds and ends, Photography with tags , , , , on October 31, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

I love going through old graveyards and the one in Jacksonville, Oregon is a cool one to roam around in on a rainy day.

Happy Halloween!!

A Cool Treehouse in Sweden!

Posted in holidays, odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

Where do I sign up?

This is one of six units in a “Treehotel,” which recently opened 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.The four-meter glass cube looks as spectacular in reality as it did in the rendering.

And what about the birds? According to Designboom, Lindvall says that a special film that is visible to birds will be applied to the glass.

Kent Lindvall, co-owner of the TreeHotel, has been quoted as saying:

“Everything will reflect in this — the trees, the birds, the clouds, the sun, everything. So it should be invisible nearly in the forest.”

“This is untouched forest, and we want to maintain it the same way. We decided, for example, to not offer snowmobile safari which is very common up here,” says Selberg. Instead, wilderness walks will be offered.”

Yep … Sign me up!

O death, where is thy sting?

Posted in Christian, Christianity, holidays, Jesus, religion with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

This is considered the most celebrated Easter sermon which I would like to share on this beautiful Easter morning!

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God?

Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Is there anyone who is a grateful servant?

Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!


Are there any weary with fasting?

Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,

let them receive their due reward;

If any have come after the third hour,

let him with gratitude join in the Feast!

And he that arrived after the sixth hour,

let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.

And if any delayed until the ninth hour,

let him not hesitate; but let him come too.

And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,

let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.


For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.

He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,

as well as to him that toiled from the first.

To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.

He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.

The deed He honors and the intention He commends.


Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!

First and last alike receive your reward;

rich and poor, rejoice together!

Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!


You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,

rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!

Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one.

Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.

Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!


Let no one grieve at his poverty,

for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;

for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.

He has destroyed it by enduring it.


He destroyed Hades when He descended into it.

He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,

“You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”


Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.

It was in an uproar because it is mocked.

It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.

It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.

It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.

It took earth, and encountered Heaven.

It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

O death, where is thy sting?

O Hades, where is thy victory?


Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!

Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!

Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;

for Christ having risen from the dead,

is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.


To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

~JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ((349-407), archbishop of Constantinople