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Seeing with Deeper Eyes

During Lent we are collecting photos that our parishioners have taken which illustrate the following passage:

“Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing to it except a little willingness to see.” - from Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Their images and reflections are shared here, as well as on our Facebook and Instagram community, as we explore and imagine Transfiguration, and what it looks like through our own eyes.

Please email your images and reflections HERE.


Tom Willis        

Rocking on a porch as inhales slow, exhales deepen. Stress drifts as listening begins. - Tom Willis

       

Daniel Dent       When we see dark clouds rolling in, it is in our nature to be fearful. For more than 200,000 years, our species has learned that dark clouds can mean dangerous lightning, flash floods and terrifying thunder. We are afraid. We have learned that when dark clouds appear we should hide and beg for protection from the almighty spirit.

It seems that each time I read a newspaper, listen to radio or watch television, there is the same message, "Be very afraid”. Yes, there is justifiable fear of the novel coronavirus and covid-19. Lack of knowledge and understanding of what is happening and what will happen is disconcerting. We don’t have accurate numbers to fully evaluate the course this disease may take. It is a confusing and frightening time. We have been told to practice social distancing. By adopting this behavior, we not only protect ourselves, but also protect the most vulnerable in our population. Our responsible actions may well "flatten the curve" of disease spread. Our healthcare system will not break down because of overwhelming demand for life saving services. We can all be heroes! But, don’t let social distancing become spiritual distancing. We need each other now more than ever. We need kindness and caring now more than ever. We need the presence of God and prayers in our lives now more than ever. So be kind. Call that friend or relative whom you haven’t seen for a while or call that friend or relative with whom you had a disagreement or harsh words. If you are in a position to be generous with your treasures, be generous. Tip your delivery person well. For those of us who have occasional household help, if you cancel them, pay them all or a part of their wages.

And don’t forget to support the church financially as we gather online for services. Some of us will face financial reversals during this time. The rest of us should provide funds so the church can help support those in need. If you are like me, you may be feeling a little guilty that financial consideration are not a concern when ordering food for delivery or that job security is not also a cause for worry. We all need comfort now whether we admit it to ourselves or not.

So, back to clouds. Look just beyond the clouds and we can see see the corona of light being emitted. The light is always there and is always trying to break through to assure us that somehow, dangerous times like this will pass. There will be pain and suffering no doubt, but the light will set us free and bring peace into our lives once again.

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12 - Daniel Dent


Sabina Joe        

My Burford Hollies think it’s still winter. - Sabina Joe

       

Sabina Joe       Sabina Joe

Then and Now: Meteor Lights 1/2020 and 3/2020. “Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight/Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay…” Europe was dark fearing bombs in WW2. I’m grateful for the electricity and water. - Sabina Joe


Steven Somers and Nidia Lee       Amy Heard-Davison

God shows us a path to a brighter future through the Church of the Holy Comforter. The beautiful, vivid colors are soothing and warm, which is indicative of His unending, undeniable love and dedication to us. - Steven Somers and Nidia Lee

 

     

In DC this week on a grey cloudy day, I had a precious moment of solitude on my “social distancing” walk. What a gift to discover pockets of growth and color tucked away in parks and planters. A hopeful reminder that nature, like life, goes in cycles and that spring will always come. - Amy Heard-Davison


Julie Mehigan       Julie Mehigan

Despite and because of, rain brings new growth. - Julie Mehigan

     

I love the wonder of the sky. Ever changing yet constant. - Julie Mehigan


The Reverend Jacqueline Thomson       Lynne Brents

This Lenten Rose (hellebores) had within it the beauty of this flower all year. It needed light and warmth to realize it’s potential. - The Rev. Jackie Thomson



     

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain 2017 - The eyes can move from the warm light to the cool light as they sweep across the windows, or they can move from the cool to the warmth. So can our souls. It is our choice what direction to take. - Lynne Brents


The Reverend Jon Strand       The Reverend Jon Strand

This is a bug’s eye view of a Hellebore, a Lenten rose, blooming yesterday on the cross-county trail. I love the branching veins of the flower repeated in the tree branching. Life seeks to be expressed. - The Rev. Jon Strand

     

It was good to take our ministry outside the walls of our church buildings. Many didn’t have a church near their work and yet they wanted to mark the beginning of this sacred time. - The Rev. Jon Strand


Corinne Mertes       The Reverend Jon Strand

For an infant, every day is a new adventure.  Wondrous things to discover in this beautiful world. New life…new hope… - Corrine Mertes




     

There is clearly an opening at this table for you to join in. Will you? The Father and the Son and The Holy Spirit want you at their table joining into their conversation.  Bring your ideas, and your hopes, and your dreams and share them with the God who is Community itself. - The Rev. Jon Strand


Patti Boerger       Christine Brooks

The transformation of the Ministry Center during the Hypothermia Shelter reminds us of how Jesus loves everyone. More Jesus. More Love. - Patti Boerger

      Last November in Reston. The lightning is ethereal. - Christine Brooks



Christine Brooks       Christine Brooks

I am a sky watcher and always feel in God’s presence when looking at the sky. - Christine Brooks

     

I love to see bare branches silhouetted against the sky. God feels near in the gloaming. - Christine Brooks


Sabina Joe       Sabina Joe

Munich, Germany, 1988 - A violinist playing at the New Town Hall, with a view into the Old Town Hall. Serendipitous giving and appreciation feeds the soul. - Sabina Joe

     

North Fork Edisto River, 1976 - The solitude of the black glass surface of blackwater rivers broken only by the sound of insects feeding takes you back to a time eternal. - Sabina Joe


Sabina Joe        

The lower 33 miles of the Little Pee Dee River, Coastal Physiographic Province, South Carolina, 1976 - Cypress in the wilderness. - Sabina Joe