Saturday, June 07, 2008

Blog Your Blessings Sunday #32

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I had a hard time thinking which blessing I could use for today because I didn't have a "matching" photo. Finally, I thought about using this "poor" bench photo to point out the blessing of endurance. "I have fought the good fight, I have run the good race, I have kept the faith." These words come from Paul in The Second Letter to Timothy in the New Testament.

I have another blog with two other people and we post photos of the benches we see along our daily paths. We all have a penchant for benches and photographed them even tho we didn't know what we would do with the photos until recently when I developed our blog called For the Love of Benches.

Last night. before it got dark outside, I went for a walk in the neighborhood to mostly photograph flowers and get some exercise after our ice cream social that we had yesterday. (I had a yummy banana split.) When I spied this bench hiding on a porch, I was disappointed that I could not get a great photo of it. For some reason, I decided to take it anyway. Perhaps it was to remind me to go back and try again another time. Perhaps it was to remind me that if I endured, I would be successful in the future. Perhaps it was a way to remind me of the personal RACE I am running in my Christian faith. Whatever it was -- maybe all of them -- it reminded me that ENDURANCE is a blessing and it was just the thing I needed to blog about today while counting my blessings.

I spied this unique bench on a porch but there was just no good angle to take a photo of it unless I went up on the porch. It also had a bunch of things on it, covering the beautiful seat that was peeking through and while I might have asked to come on the porch to photograph it, I wasn't about to ask them to remove the "litter." Thus, hoping for the blessing of endurance so that I can go back to this part of my neighborhood and try again in the future.

Yes, endurance is a large part of my Christian life and it shows up in everyday things to remind me of the final "prize."


Katney said...

Endurance is definitelya true blessing. Had we endured through the rain and puddles, we would have had beautiful weather yesterday afternoon and today at Mt. Rainier. Alas, we had to be back yesterday afternoon anyway. Hopefully when we camp with the grandkids in three weeks we will endure--and have a weather blessing as well.

Whatever said...

One aspect of the bench is the endurance it shows by stolidly holding up all the stuff on it.

As usual, I'm probably missing a huge notice on your site saying "here's my email address!" but I had a question for you. Do you have an email address I could send it to?

SandyCarlson said...

That's a wonderful post, Paulie. Your post will remind me that sometimes benches aren't where I expect them to be and that the beautiful perspective might come with time! God bless, friend.

DoubleDeckerBusGuy said...

An interesting post that is most thought-provoking... I think I will become, without a doubt, far more aware of the presence of benches as of now without a doubt.

Nellie said...

The photo is nice but your words are a reminder to all of us of what Paul had to say and we too should stay in the race and endure because of the Prize before us and waiting for us if we do endure and stay on course.

Sue said...

Excellent post on the blessing of endurance, and I love the photo you captured :) Have a great week ahead!

Love Bears All Things said...

We see so many interesting things if we just take the time to watch.

I wanted to tell you that I brought my quilt supplies with me. I am hoping to get more blocks cut out while I'm here.

Mama Bear