Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe)
RETHINK CHURCH LENTEN PHOTOS: Week 5
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 third week, March 19-25, are light, place, still, celebrate, forgive, mercy, and truth.
LIGHT: March 19
Darkness descends on Lamoine Beach, Maine. However, the stark dark of night is lit by a brilliant moon. An added bonus is light reflected off Frenchman Bay. Isn’t that the reason Jesus was born—to add light to the dark world?
PLACE: March 20
My friend, Tim, espoused the concept of a sense of place during the time he headed the Foothills Writers Group (Mt. Pleasant, PA). It was a concept I’d never experienced. However, the first time I visited Lamoine Beach I felt such a connection—a oneness with the site. It only lasted a brief moment but I now have experienced the concept Tim spoke about—A Sense of Place, something we, as Christians, should have in our faith.
STILL: March 21
This pond we built on our property in Slippery Rock could be as still as glass, as it was when I shot this photo. The pond was a still, quiet place to relax and meditate on God’s word.
CELEBRATE: March 22
Prayer and meditation is a large part of the Christian faith. However, we mustn’t forget to celebrate, too. My granddaughter Jordan, was purely pleased to betelling the world to celebrate her grandmother’s significant birthday.
FORGIVE: March 23
It’s difficult to forgive something major, but my late friend Russ, whose already poor eyesight was destroyed by a doctor’s error, managed to forgive the doctor and live his life in blindness celebrating Christ. Could you be so forgiving?MERCY: March 24
Justice without mercy is vengeance. But mercy without justice is indifference to wrong. —Judge Francis J. Fornelli, Senior Judge, Court of Common Pleas, Mercer County, PA
Photo taken inside the Basliica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame University.
What about this photo? Does it speak the truth? (Answer at the end of this article). In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act…—Marty O’Malley Realize that Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Albert Camus
*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 the question, “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.
ANSWER TO THE TRUTH QUESTION: The picture is misleading—an untruth. Butterflies (in northern regions) don’t arrive until after the bloom is off the crocus.