I classify anxiety as an official weapon of mass destruction. It has overwhelmed modern society and very few if any can avoid its wrath. It interferes with our ability to function, relate, share, connect, serve, work, play, imagine, sleep, rest, enjoy, and pray. [Did I forget anything?] Pharmaceutical companies are printing money on our backs while only providing temporary transient relief and no cure. But what is the answer? The answer lies in finding peace and rest in God. A peace that surpasses […]
And this is the close to our every day! We really don’t spend enough time acknowledging our blessings or counting the countless miracles in our midst every single moment of every day. But they are abundant. How many miracles did you miss today? Only occasionally will we take notice to the more obvious of miracles including the sunset, a passing rainbow, or an exhibition of extraordinary talent. But every breath we take and beat of our heart is a miracle. Every […]
Cities are such marvelous expressions of man’s ability to create. God gives us amazing gifts of engineering, craftsmanship, design, and vision. Above the enormous complexity of any city however, is its personality which comes to life when you add people and culture to the architecture. People always ask, “where is the best place you have ever traveled?” My typical response is “Everywhere!” That said, I do have different take-aways from each city and can often understand why a certain city […]
What were you doing when you were 25 years old? Well, I was making waves and not really observing them. However, when I got a chance to go to the ocean’s edge, I can remember the crashing sounds yielded by each wave’s immense force. Yet, I was missing the visual brilliance each wave displays as it’s individual fingerprint on the world. The shape; the spectrum of color; the reflections and diffraction of light. When we absorb photographs of these ocean phenomena, we can see the power that […]
An angel I am. An angel I’ll be. Look deep inside. It’s God that you’ll see. A funny face. An innocent trouble. God made me clever. But will shape me humble.
Particularly for those of us living in light polluted cities, the universe is simply not observable in the fullness of its glory. So we must rely on others to combine their ideal locations with the necessary technical skills so we too can enjoy God’s amazing creation as if we were there ourselves. If you are one of those most fortunate, here are some tips enhance your potential. How to Photograph the Milky Way “If you live in a remote area with dark […]
The power of photography extends far past simply being an extraordinary visual art. For nearly all of us, it provides the only access to the glory or horror of the many concurrent world events we would otherwise have no way to witness. I believe that more than words or film, photos can freeze a particular moment, impress it into our present conscience, and move us emotionally as no other stimuli can. The use of photography during the Civil Rights Era, the Holocaust, the many […]
God warned us He would place signs in the heavens. It’s ironic that we spend so much time walking around looking down at our phones when the real action is going on in the skies. “Amy Langley photographed this “angelic” sunrise in Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii on Jan. 13, 2016. A series of spectacular images of the sun were caught on camera this week from New York to Hawaii, with some saying they see angels, doves and crosses. A photograph of […]
Flip Flop by Greg Pai Photo Credit: Erik Hersman (Nairobi, Kenya) I flip! I flop! I wander without aim. Life is such a game. Chasing fortune. Chasing fame. I flop and I flip. I ride high and then I dip Kick off my sandals and wade. What am I waiting for? My time on earth to fade? The Sun to Turn To Shade? The water to recede? Leave behind what I need? It doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t matter […]
Not likely unless you are a fish. However, this recent photo contest makes a compelling case for the world down under. Most of us will never come face to face with these forms of life except through the lens of these brave photographers (who also happen to be divers). An example of where two talents are necessary to bring about a single result. The Ocean’s Chaotic Beauty Captured In 15 Award-Winning Photos “In case you needed further proof that the ocean […]
Children are one of the many connections that give us a view to the glory of heaven. The beauty and purity of their nature before the world takes hold of them is a near perfect reflection of heaven’s soil.
As a photographer, I have learned to observe the very subtle changes in a person’s expression in slow motion. Like the breaking of a smile that I can often induce with a joke or a facial expression of my own. And it is such an awesome spectacle to witness. I remember as a child wanting to sit in front of the oven with the light on and watch the cookies bake. I must say, there is something very special about watching a miracle […]
A Newborn’s Prayer Thank you God for this first day of life. I had a chance to look around today and noticed that Your world can definitely use me. I think I would like to stay and serve You all of my days.
It is very easy to go through the day preoccupied with everything that is wrong in our life. Trust, this is what I do for a living! However, that just happens to be my job. But for the majority of us (including me in my down time), it is vital that we pick our heads up and focus on that which is “working” in our lives. The desert season is a time when our life seems barren, dry, and lifeless. We […]
“I Know You Are There Because I Am Here.” by Greg Pai I have been young I have been old At times withdrawn Other times bold I’ve felt rich I’ve known poor It’s loved that I love And ignored I abhor I seek joy Avoid pain Told I’m predictable But can act insane! Often I’m smart Sometimes not so much Occasionally strong Sometimes needing a crutch I can be honest And yes, I can lie Because I am not perfect Except in Your […]
What are you waiting for friends! 🙂 Contribute your God-given gifts to impact the world. Our talents, skills, and resources are multiplied when they serve a purpose beyond our own needs. God put a “You” in Us, not in Me!
“If for only a moment, as I looked through the lens and framed this shot, I was able to dream of what it would be like to cut these wires of bondage and tension, and witness all God’s children ascend into the heavens and into His loving arms. A world free of violence, oppression, starvation, and disease.”