Thomas | Sunday Thoughts

It’s not easy to believe what we haven’t seen and haven’t heard.

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I’ve been thinking along these lines today on the first Sunday after Easter Day. I’ve found that sometimes it really isn’t a good idea to believe in all that we’ve told, that is at least the fact when it comes to rumors about people in our neighborhood. I tend to think that most of it isn’t true, at least not until I’ve seen it for my self, but still there might be some truth hidden somewhere. When it comes to my faith in Christ. What then? Is it a rumor placed with his followers, is it the truth? I haven’t seen it with my own eyes, but still I believe the story as told by his disciples and found in the Bible.

Thomas helps me find my faith in the resurrection. And in a way this is his Sunday. He wasn’t with the others on Easter Day. And when the others, with joy in their voices, told him that they had met Jesus. That he was alive and not dead. Thomas could not believe, he found it impossible to even think that it could be the truth, sad as he was about the death of his dear friend. But then he got to meet Him. He got to see Him with his own eyes. This Sunday (the first one after Easter Day) Thomas was together with his friends and he got to meet Jesus. He got to see, he got to touch, he got to say with joy and wonder in his voice: “my Lord and my God”. He knew now, as the others had known for a week already, Jesus was risen. It was the truth. Jesus is alive.

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Yellow Tulips

I’ve been there with Thomas today. Stretched out my arm, touched the wounds, feeling the joy and wonder as I too have said: my Lord and my God.

I don’t understand it all, but I do believe.

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Blessed Sunday!

Monthly Recap | April 2011

There are so much that happens during a month; so many memories; so many conversations and interaction. I love to capture a few moments of this; snapping a photo; putting together a scrapbook page or writing a story. Some of it for sharing; some of it for keeping close to my heart. By the end of each month I want to take a little pause. Stop for a moment and look behind on the days we just have lived.

This was how the Monthly Recap of this blog came to be. Highly inspired by Katie the Scrapbook Ladys and her RoundUp posts. I’m trying to keep it fairly easy on my self, but at the same time I want to bring a few numbers to the table as well as a few highlights and (maybe) some low points as well. Since being a pastor is such a big part of my life, I’ll throw in a few numbers from that as well.

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So here we go, this month:  April 2011, in numbers
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1280 – photos taken (not counting iPhone).
8 – layouts made (7 will be revealed later this month (MAY)):

thoughts about a photo

30 – photos taken for the 365 project.
(#30 is still in the making, and will be uploaded to the flickr set 365 photos later this weekend)

Sick Day football cup The Team Home Work in the Sunshine New Neighbors
Seriously snow melting Walk on Sunny Morning The God Pearl the splashing of a rock
Beaver Searching Catching Light Evening Art + Village Pasta & Tomato Sauce
Fence Line Yellow Tulips First Dipping of the season Sweet & cold Easter Card
walking home Happy Birthday Building Lego Balloon Fun A Day In My Life | Swimming Glasses
spring tree a cup of coffee in the sun Cutting Grass Tiny Weeds

18 – blog post written (April archive)
3 – online classes in the works, One Little Word with Ali Edwards, Picture Inspiration by Tracey Clark, Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers by Shimelle (hoping to have something more than numbers soon…).

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5 – services held | 1 – funeral | 0 – weddings
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Highlights

– MT have some new neighbors at his own age, loving to play with them after school.
– I’m inspired to keep up with my 365 photo project at Capture your 365. Such a friendly place!
– MT have tried the river water, it was fun – but cold.
– We spent Easter together with family and celebrated the 8 year old :D
– Spring came with lots of sunshine and warm weather. Enjoying it!
– MT had lots of fun playing in a football cup + staying at a hotel with a large indoor swimming pool.

Low points

– My back is acting up. Think it is the muscles having some sort of fun with me (not!). Feels better today, so hoping it’ll go away soon. I have lots to do in May.
– Haven’t gotten around to install more RAM at the desktop computer, it runs really slow – and MT is longing for a few games of FIFA.

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And that just about covers it. Look for details on a few of the above mentioned happenings in a blog post or a digital scrapbook layout in the future. There is always more to tell :D

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