Fear Not

“I have said this to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”

John 16: 25ff

Yes yes yes, fear fear fear, the sky is falling. Such is the only and constant message of the “news media”. They have as their only goal; to make us terrified at all times. It increases the ratings, you see.

The truth is, the world is just as beautiful as always. Silly humans, falling for the deceptions of the evil one. As our pastor recently said: “Christ is the king, king of the universe, king of life, king of covid!”

Walking to town to get my mail this morning, looking to the left, God gave me this!

It’s amazing what a simple iPhone camera can do! I used an app called “ProCamera” to take full control of the iPhone. For you photo nerds: Shutter speed 1/4367 sec, ISO 20, f/1.8.

Walkers

Out walking a local trail. Looks like it’s a popular dog walking area!

All kinds of interesting stuff along the trail.

Corruption….dishonesty…..despair….

“The LORD’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is HE who set it on the seas;
on the waters HE made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor”

Psalm 24

So, what are we to make of the situation in this world? Corruption
is everywhere, in every institution; in government, in business, even
in the church. The temptation is to despair, to wash our hands of it
all and walk away. I certainly want to. I see no hope at all, in Man….

But….as the Psalm says, the world belongs to the Lord. And Jesus
himself said, “Fear not, I have overcome the world”.

My pastor’s sermon Sunday had a good point: God allows horrendously
evil things to happen sometimes. But He always has a reason and knows what He’s doing. And the point that really stuck with me in the sermon was, God allowed the most evil thing possible to happen, the crucifixion of Jesus.
Evil had apparently won. But this allowed the most wonderful thing that could even happen, the redemption of mankind at the Resurrection!

“I have overcome the world!”

One thing is needed…..Prayer.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at our church.

“Stairway to Heaven” Just a cement staircase near the Fire Station in our town.

November temperatures have been in the 70’s all week. Just had to take some long rides on the motorcycle!

Harvest

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.”

John 12:24ff

The harvest is underway in Minnesota!

Worthy are You Oh Lord

“O Lord our God, you are worthy
to receive glory and honor and power.

For you have created all things;
by your will they came to be and were made”

Revelation 4

Summer is over, fall is here, winter is coming. But the changes are wonder itself!

Taking one of our last motorcycle trips before the snow comes.

Breakfast in the wilderness!

Children of God

“In everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing; prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of God beyond reproach in the midst of a twisted and depraved generation—among whom you shine like the stars in the sky while holding fast to the word of life.”

– Philippians 2

Out exploring an area that I’ve never seen, a nature preserve just west of my home. I’ve lived here 30 years and never knew it was here! (Mound Prairie Scientific and Natural Area)

It was quite a hike to get to a place that had a good view to the west, and I ended up standing sideways at about a 45 degree angle to get a shot, trying not to end up rolling down the hill a few hundred feet! But the clouds looked magnificent and it was worth it.

The primitive non-maintained trail leading up to the lookout.

The happy hiker and toy. I decided to sell all of my DSLR cameras and went entirely “mirrorless” a few months ago. This is my Nikon Z-6 camera. So much more lightweight! I also use the Nikon Z-50, which is half the weight of the Z-6, for everyday walking around.

The Bondage of Fear

O Lord, plead my cause against my foes; *
fight those who fight me.
Take up your buckler and shield; *
arise to help me.

O Lord, say to my soul: *
“I am your salvation.”

But my soul shall be joyful in the Lord *
and rejoice in his salvation.
My whole being will say: *
“Lord, who is like you
who rescue the weak from the strong *
and the poor from the oppressor?”

… Psalm 35

Out for a motorcycle ride. The forest fires way out west are causing hazy skies here in the Midwest, and making for some amazing sunsets! The sun seemed to be sitting on top of this silo.

Climbing the “mountains” of La Crosse Wisconsin with my Son and Grand Kids.

Life is good

Ok, not really photography related, not even my video. But it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want, right? 😉

In a way, this IS related to the kind of photography I like to do. I like to show things in the world that most people just pass by and don’t notice.
The world is a crappy place now…….only it isn’t. Only the news paints it that way. Most of the world is wonderful. Most people are wonderful. Our lives are as good or as bad as we make them. I think someone very wise once said that we can’t change what happens, but we can change our reaction to it.

This video is a great example of that. On a cold dreary Monday morning, a bunch of depressed looking people are on a subway, on the way to work. When…..