Sample 46 – Grass|Strokes (Pensacola ’08)

These shots were inspired by those nice looking cardboard sample pictures you see placed on frames being sold. It’s grass on the white beaches of Pensacola, picture converted to monochrome, Levels edited giving more black and white. On this particular picture I remember using the spot healing brush on one errant sliver of grass. Can you tell which one that was?

Thank God for inspiration and reminders. Thank God for the possibility to shoot something to appreciate even under the noon sun.
Some time ago some person I know claimed that the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” was in the Bible… Somewhere. I knew that saying was heard somewhere else, but just to make sure I went ahead and searched. Thank God for technology and the ability to incorporate a search engine into a Bible app. Had it not been for these apps I would have done a really long manual scouring through the New Testament.

Nobody said for us to follow everything that a certain area’s populace followed, but we see in Jesus’ actions that we are to fellowship with everyone, regardless of how good or evil we think they are. We should do this with the primary purpose of sharing the Gospel.

I say ‘how good or evil WE THINK they are’ to stress that what we think and feel is not necessarily true. What’s true is that God loves everyone (side note: It’s sad how people stop there), and it is because of His absolutely perfect love that He sent Jesus Christ to die for us so we can have fellowship in His absolutely holy presence. You have to admit that it’s sobering to a degree to think that Jesus Christ also died for that person you have great difficulty in being civil, much less being gracious with.

We are to love as He loved us, and the greatest way for us to show love to another is to show him or her the Way back to God, who loved us even when we were sinners. This goes beyond our own perceptions and feelings of a person.

God bless you.

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May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you His Shalom. – Numbers 6:24-26

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