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โ€œShe generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it)โ€ โ€” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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I lost some steam on the photo challenge because of a spike in pastoral and family needs. The Day 16 challenge to post a flรขneur didn’t help either. lol

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 15 of 30 | small

A small toy of Darth Vader but styled with an extra big head like a baby.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 14 of 30 | cactus

A sign reading "Welcome to Saguaro Henge" stands in a desert park with a circle of tall saguaros under a clear blue sky in the background.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 13 of 30 | page

Looking at John Owenโ€™s commentary on Hebrews to prepare for tonightsโ€™s sermon on Hebrews 11v30-31.

A page of book with a spiral notebook underneath and a Bible in the background.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 12 of 30 | magic

A metal lantern with holes, framed in a way that makes it look like a mole. The lantern is creating lots of interesting points of light through the holes. ๏ฟผ

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 11 of 30 | sky

A sunset with a blue sky and a cactus in the foreground.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 10 of 30 | train

A running shoe on display at a store.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 9 of 30 | crispy

Food on a plateโ€”crisp tortilla with bacon, cheese, and arugula leaves.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 8 of 30 | prevention

A small container of Lexol brand leather condition. The container reads: โ€œPreservativeโ€ โ€œSoftens Leather โ€ข Prevents Crackingโ€

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 7 of 30 | well-being

A woman snuggling a dachshund that is laying on her shoulder.

I haven’t forgotten my photo challenge. I had some trouble renewing my micro.blog account over the last week, but it’s fixed now and I can start catching up.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 6 of 30 | windy

A "Happy Birthday" balloon tied to a mailbox flies in the wind. Prickly pear cactus and a mesquite tree are in the background.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 5 of 30 | serene

Even though I was sick at the time, I enjoyed this quiet moment painting a watercolor of my bicycle at this beachside park.

A 1982 Univega Gran Turismo bicycle stands on grass by the ocean at sunset; a backpack, pen, water bottle, and open paint set rest on a picnic table in the foreground.

๐ŸŽต Jay Nelsestuen, thanks for the the introduction to Djesse. After a month I’m still on volume 1, but…wow.

๐Ÿ“ธ Day 4 of 30 | foliage

Amidst lush Southern California greenery, a man stands on a sidewalk near some cars with his Dalmatian. The dog is sniffing a tree.

Thoughts on private communion and ministry to the homebound

Presbyterians don’t do solo communion. This may seem strange if you think of communion as a purely private and personal act, but that’s not all that is going on. As Chad Van Dixhoorn writes, commenting on Westminster Confession of Faith 29:3-4, “this meal is intended to celebrate communion with Christ, but also with fellow Christians.”

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