Monday, May 26, 2014

Faith in a Bottle's Last Post

Dear Readers,
I  will no longer be posting here.  
That does not mean that I won't write posts of a spiritual nature.  
I just cannot manage to give my full attention 
to this blog and Nonnie's Observations.
So, as of today, you will find me solely (and soulfully)
at Nonnie's Observations.
I am hoping that you will follow me there.

Mondays with Mary: The Magnificat

The Magnificat
also known as
Canticle of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the lord, 
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior 
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. 
From this day all generations will call me blessed: 
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm, 
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, 
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, 
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel 
for He has remembered His promise of mercy,  
the promise He made to our fathers, 
to Abraham and his children for ever.

linking with pleasure
Mondays with Mary

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 2: At St. Francis

 I've stopped before the door,
delighting in the play of light and shadow,
I take my shot for posterity;
 then in I go to experience 
the delight of being fed by my Lord and Savior.

sharing with
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Friday, May 16, 2014

John Newton and "Amazing Grace"

A Reflection on Today's Reading
 In our parish bulletin,
 the Reflection on today's scripture reading
refers to John Newton who wrote "Amazing Grace."
I found this so like the scripture verse
in Matthew 8:26 when the apostles' fear
became so great that they woke Jesus 
that I had to share it with my readers. 

Newton had been a slave trader and a drunk 
when a violent storm threatened to sink his ship 
with all those aboard.  
For the first time in his life, he prayed.
He was saved as were those on his ship. 
After that episode, he quit the slave trade
and spent the remainder of his life repenting, 
writing hymns, 
and eventually becoming a minister.
Remember this tale which sums up the grace 
given Newton by God whenever singing or hearing this hymn.

More details of his life can be found here and here.

Weekend Reflections: Tiny Car

photos taken evening 
before the Easter Vigil
at my parish church

teeny vehicle
 smartly adorned by silver
and luscious cherry

sharing with James'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Signs, Signs: Garden Ministry

inspired sign touting
parish garden ministry
and those volunteers

sharing with

Streams 'N Stirrings: A "Selfie" and God!

Streams 'N Stirrings: A "Selfie" and God!: God knocks at my door seeking a home for his son: Rent is cheap, I say. I don’t want to rent. I want to buy, says God. I’m not sure ...