Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)
RETHINK CHURCH LENTEN PHOTOS
During 2015 Lent Rethink Church*, a ministry of the United Methodist (Church) Communications, is sponsoring a photo-a-day challenge based on reflections and perceptions of their word for the day.
Each Thursday during Lent I will post the coming week’s words and a photo for each—sometimes with an explanation.
The words for the second week, February 26-March 4, 20 are place, wait, powers, celebrate, bless, near, and poor.
This surviving basement wall from circa 1816 was likely built and was owned by my ancestral family (Michael and Elizabeth Reamer Rugh) I discovered within an hour of my Southwestern Pennsylvania home (and me a staunch New Englander). It provided me with a sense of place in a world not my own. Like we find God in places unexpected. (YOU MEAN THIS NEW ENGLANDER IS A WESTSYLVANIAN?)
In 1974 our children, Sandy 4 and Nolan 2, waited in Youngstown, Ohio, to board a bus to California. They anticipated an adventurous journey across the United States and back—and they weren’t disappointed. It had ups and downs, and unexpected events, which created a memorable trip. In life, too, the ups, downs, and unexpected frequently happens. God’s presence thourgh these times blesses our journey. (Traveling on a Greyhound Bus with Children , I Lost My Son on a Greyhound Bus )
Principalities and powers…the ever constant battle in our world, whether it be between two persons or two continents. I titled this picture Fireblots becauseyou can see the battle within the flames. Can you discover the devil and the angel within the flames? Therein lies the battle—Ephesians 6:21: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (KJV)
What else can I say about this picture of my grandson Vince celebrating his first birthday? God calls us to celebrate life. How often do we feel we must meditate and pray, but forget to celebrate with abandon?
I shot this picture the day after my grandson Vince was born…I can only imagine what my son Nolan was thinking—perhaps he was blessing the newborn and the day of his arrival—as he laid his hand gently on Vince’s head. (4th Grader Vince to Shave Head for St. Baldrick’s )
When we ascended Wahlberg Mountain in Germany Monte decided to climb as high as he could. He didn’t quite make it to the peak. Isn’t that like life? We set out to climb our mountains, but far too often we fall short of our goal. It’s then that we remember that it’s the journey, not the destination, that is important. (WordPress Daily Prompt 8/24/2013: These Boots Were Made for Walking…Where???)
As I look at this photo I praise the Lord that I am not in the woman’s circumstances. However, I also recognize I, like everyone else, am only a moment away from being in her circumstances. God instructs us to care for the downtrodden. It’s often more difficult than we imagine while we enjoy the comforts of our own home and aren’t facing the poor in spirit, the poor in riches. ( A Chance Encounter With a Chicago Writer , Chicago’s Cloud Gate: a.k.a. “The Bean” , The Greening of the Chicago River )
NOTE: View Rethink Church Lenten Photos: Week 1
RETHINK CHURCH LENTEN PHOTOS Week 3 will be posted Thursday, March 5, 2015.
The Rethink Church ministry is a major campaign launched May 6, 2009. The campaign aims to spark a global conversation around the question, “What if church were a verb?” Its goal is to encourage a global spiritual dialogue both within and outside the church. It looks to
- redefine the church experience as one that extends beyond our doors and seeks to transform the world.
- connect with the people in the pews of The United Methodist Church, to see our local church in a much broader way – not solely as a building in which we worship, but as a conduit into our communities through which we may live out our faith by touching people’s lives.
RETHINK CHURCH asks “What has God called The United Methodist Church to be in the 21st century?” and calls us to refocus on the following: to see church in a way closely aligned with scripture, to be sent into the world, and to be more faithful to the tradition of John Wesley who believed the world was his parish.