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Post by Pam » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:20 am

Lent photos day 19 - CELEBRATE

Beautiful stained glass window I saw on Sunday, commemorating three Marys
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Post by Pam » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:22 am

Lent photos day 20 - THIRST

Partly in honour of the actor Frank Kelly who died yesterday, who created the memorable priest Father Jack Hackett in 'Father Ted'.
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Post by Pam » Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:02 pm

Lent photos day 22 - WITNESS

On my way back from the doctor's, took this photo of our local Methodist church.

When we moved here in 1984, this was a doorway with broken folding metal gates in it. No notices, but the message couldn't have been clearer. A reordering has provided a coffee lounge for the community to use, and this cheerful proclamation:

One Church One Love
Jesus Christ
Worship Him Here
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Post by Pam » Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:23 am

Lent photos day 23 - FOUND

Found these stars leftover from Christmas in the high street!
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Post by Pam » Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:29 am

Lent photos day 23 - POWER
One of the few words I remember from New Testament Greek, 'dunamis' is the derivation of 'dynamo'.

My first thought about power was electricity - a force that drives things and makes things happen.

This picture from the front of a superheroes themed notebook reminded me how often power can be used to stop things happening - in churches and elsewhere - and different powerful people and groups simply stalemate each other to prevent things they don't want to happen.
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Post by Pam » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:00 pm

Lent photos day 24 - HELP

When I think about help, the first two verses of psalm 121 come into my head

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Hills have been significant in my life because I was brought up among hills in West Yorkshire. I miss the hilly scenery so much now I live in the flat lands of Coventry! I only had to look out of our back windows to be able to lift my eyes to the hills.

When my sister and I visit our brother in West Yorkshire, we often go for a meal at Dick Hudson's, set in the hills of Baildon Moor. This was a place we used to be brought to as children and left with the traditional lemondade and crisps to entertain ourselves in the car park while the adults had a drink in the pub.
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Post by Pam » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:57 pm

Lent photos day 25 - ENDURE

Thinking of God's enduring love made me think of the sun - it's there all the time, whether we see it or not.

This is the only photo of the sun I have. My attempts to get a photo of the partial eclipse last year resulted in a smashed ipad. So that didn't endure!
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Post by Pam » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:59 pm

Lent photos day 26 - CELEBRATE

Some flowers for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.
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Post by Pam » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:50 pm

Lent photos day 26 - SPIRIT

I nearly cheated and posted a video, because everything I associate with Spirit involves movement and sound.

But here is a picture instead. Imagine the birds singing and the breeze 'swooshing' in the branches.
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Post by Pam » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:28 am

Lent photos day 27 - SILENCE

Photos are all silent, so capturing silence is hard.

Here is Bagpuss, who is sparing with words most of the time, yet he still makes an impact.
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Post by Pam » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:58 am

Lent photos day 28 - FAITHFUL

Took this photo when shopping in Leamington. It reminded me of how I used a mosque as a landmark when I was driving to theological college in Birmingham, pre-satnav, and used to get lost.

The landscape with the symbols of Mammon (if that isn't too unkind to Sainsbury's and St Arbuck's) juxtaposed with the symbol and expression of a non-Christian faith seemed to express some of the tensions of being Christian at this point in history.

It reminds me of something I heard Gavin Reid say many years ago at a conference:

'The chief religion in our society is materialism and its main festival is Christmas'.

Not sure if I agree but it's thought provoking.
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Post by Pam » Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:00 am

Lent photos day 29 - SURROUND

A really difficult word today! How do you photograph SURROUND? So - a picture of some of the things that surround me. Books, photos of significant people and events, and general clutter.

Apparently the word 'surround' comes from he same root as 'submerge', and clutter can take over if it isn't pruned and managed.

But objects hold memories, and we fear losing memories above almost anything else.

A technique often recommended in my decluttering group (on Facebook) is to photograph the object then get rid of it.

But as keen as I am on digital technology, I'm not convinced the reducing multi-sensory objects to mono-sensory photographs will fill the need that clutter fills.
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Post by Pam » Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:17 am

Lent photos day 30 - WORLD

To celebrate my birthday, we're going to Iceland for three days in search of the Northern Lights.

I'm not a great traveller. I haven't been anywhere much for years. The idea of going to Iceland was really exciting, but trying to work out what to take, and make sure the dull things like insurance are sorted out, is nerve wracking for me.

I guess I wouldn't have made much of an explorer!
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Post by Pam » Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:32 pm

Lent photos day 31 - LISTEN

I tried on my waterproof trousers this evening.

Benjie could see it was me, but he didn't like the way I sounded when I walked.
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Post by Pam » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:10 am

Lent photos day 32 - CELEBRATE

The last two chocolates left from my birthday.
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Post by Pam » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:13 pm

Lent photos day 33 - PATH

Down a side street, the pavement on one side of the road has been obliterated, the resulting surface too uneven for anyone to walk on.

Must make it hard to cross the road to avoid someone.
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Post by Pam » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:26 pm

Lent photos day 33 - REMEMBER

Picture taken at the Carmelite priory, Boars Hill, on retreat last year.
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Post by Pam » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:36 pm

Lent photos day 35 - RESTORE

The story, in four languages, of how ownership of the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall was restored to the Icelandic people after being leased to foreign investors.

I love the way the waterfall is personified as a friend, and that this story is one of many I saw about women who have played an important part in the development of Iceland.
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In case her story is a little too small to see, it can be read on http://gullfoss.org/
Sigríður Tómasdóttir, the daughter of Tómas Tómasson who owned the waterfall in the first half of the 20th century must have felt the same. She lived at a farm nearby and loved Gullfoss as no one else.

At this period of time much speculation about using Gullfoss to harness electricity was going on. Foreign investors who rented Gullfoss indirectly from the owners wanted to build a hydroelectric powerplant, which would have changed and destroyed Gullfoss forever.

As the story goes it's thanks to Sigríður Tómasdóttir that we still can uplift ourself with the beauty of Gullfoss, because she was the one that protested so intensly against these plans by going as far to threat that she would throw herself into Gullfoss and therby kill herself.

To make her threat believeable she went barefoot on a protest march from Gullfoss to Reykjavik. In those days the roads weren't paved and when she arrived after 120 kilometers her feet were bleeding and she was in very bad shape.

The people believed her and listened and the powerplant at Gullfoss was never built.
Today one can see the memorial site of Sigríður that decipts her profile at the top of the falls.

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Post by Pam » Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:25 am

Lent photos day 36 - BELOVED

This lovely horse side-eyed me from a tapestry on the wall when I got out of bed at the Leifur Eriksson hotel every morning.

I grew very fond of him, and said goodbye when we left. I felt that was OK in a country where the rocks have elves in them.
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Post by Pam » Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:18 pm

Lent photos day 36 - HAVE

Possession is nine-tenths of the law …
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Post by Pam » Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:23 am

Lent photos day 37 - CELEBRATE

The Hallsgrimkirkja opposite our hotel, an impressive church designed to echo the larva formations in the Icelandic landscape. We became very fond of it during our stay. Unfortunately I didn't get the very top of it into the picture.

Wherever we wandered to in Reykjavik, we could always see Hallsgrimkirkja to guide us back to our hotel. Like all the light coloured buildings in Reykjavik, there's no discolouration from air pollution on the stones because the air is so clean.
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Post by Pam » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:45 pm

Lent photos day 38 - THANKS

I took this photo of the letter I had from my MP when I wrote to him about PIP payments.

One of the few times I've felt writing to my MP was much more than a gesture.

So I am thankful to have an MP who shared my concern, and thankful that public pressure from a lot of people seems to have affected the government's actions.
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Post by Pam » Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:58 am

Lent photos day 39 - STEADFAST

Another photo of rubble and disorder in a street in Reykjavik.

When I saw the word for today, the song 'The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases'. The reference is to Lamentations Chapter 3, when someone in misery still looks forward to being saved by God. We might call this blind faith - many people do. Especially on a day like today - one of many such days - when what we might call 'evil' seems to have overcome us.

I don't have any answers. But out of hope and despair, I try to choose hope.
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Post by Pam » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:04 am

Lent photos 40 - REJECTED

A photo of my rubbish bin - where we put stuff that has been thrown out, judged to have no further use to anyone.

Yet here it is, the subject of my photo today!
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Post by Pam » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:32 pm

Lent photos day 41 - NEED

Maslow's hierarchy of needs - with physiological needs being foundational to everything else.

I sometimes wonder what on earth self actualisation is, and if anyone can ever achiever it, since all other needs have to be met first!
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