Lights, Camera, Christmas

Dale, offers the theme “lights, camera, Christmas” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Fortunately we put the tree up yesterday in time for me to take some photos of it for this prompt.

The tree is artificial and enough lights worked to not need to buy any more.

Merry Christmas!

From Inside Looking Out
From Outside Looking In

Wiped Away

Our praises rise. We all concur.
The golden true light shines and we
remember all, the way things were.

Forgive—we do—each enemy.
No secret shadows hide today.
Forgive us, too, both you and me.

Now every tear that turned life gray,
that smeared our pasts into a blur,
He’s wiped away, He’s wiped away.

Previously posted in Poet’s Corner.

I was thinking of Revelation 21:4, Revelation 7:17 and Isaiah 25:8.

Kidron Valley From Jerusalem

Meter – Six Sentence Story

Daniel had no problem believing in demons especially since members of his family, including himself, were messed up like lines of broken meter trashing a melodious poem. What didn’t sink in was the thought that the salvation which the street preacher taught included deliverance from those pesky critters.

Anyway Daniel’s life bounced like a yoyo, like an echo, like his day-trading portfolio from one curse to the next. Often he would confuse a curse for a blessing only to find out that he had fallen back into the rabbit hole of his addictions.

Things stayed pretty much the same until a miracle occurred. Like receiving a nourishing sandwich rather than spare change he might trade for stimulations he didn’t need all Daniel had to do was reach out, take and eat which he finally did.

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Denise offers the word “meter” to be used in this week’s Six Sentence Stories. Associated with these prompts is a YouTube Channel, Two Guys and a Girlie, discussing the writing of these stories featuring Clark, Nick and Denise streaming live on Sundays at 2:30 PM EST.

Jerusalem

Out of the Way Places

Dale offers the theme “out of the way places” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

These are photos I took of the Beit Shean ruins last September. For me they are an out of the way place, but they may be common for tour guides in northeastern Israel.

The first two are sidewalk tiles that were uncovered along Palladius Street. The last photo is an overview of the ruins to show where the tiles were found. In the distance is Mount Gilboa where Saul’s sons were killed by the Philistines and Saul himself died. Their bodies were hung on the walls of Beit Shean until removed, burned and buried in Jabesh (1 Samuel 31).

Beit Shean mosaic, Israel
Beit Shean mosaic
Beit Shean ruins with Mount Gilboa in the background

Verge – Six Sentence Story

Oliver pestered Theodore, a fellow member of the congregation, proclaiming him an unregenerate fool unworthy of heaven and heading down the highway to hell. Although he did not see himself in the witch and warlock business his words witlessly activated curses. If he had to excuse his behavior later on, without actually apologizing, he might say that his blood pressure was on the verge of exploding justifying him running his mouth leaving no unkindness unspoken.

Under his own state of demonic influence Theodore wondered if Oliver, who often went over the top, might this time be onto something admitting that he indeed was unworthy of heaven, but then who wasn’t? Given a recent diagnosis of terminal kidney disease Theodore momentarily felt like a failure both in his present life and, should Oliver’s prophecies by chance come true, the next.

Because he could think of nothing better as a response Theodore wished Oliver the mercy of deliverance that he himself longed for saying, “If the blood of Jesus isn’t enough to cover me, may it at least cover you.”

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Denise offers the word “verge” to be used in this week’s Six Sentence Stories.

Don’t miss the new YouTube Channel, Two Guys and a Girlie, featuring Clark, Nick and Denise discussing the writing of six sentence stories and other topics streaming live on Sundays at 2:30 PM EST.

Rocks full of fossils allegedly hundreds of millions of years old that were miraculously preserved from entropy to continue eroding away to this very day on a shore near Green Bay, Wisconsin

Three Shots From One Spot

Dale offers the theme “three shots from one spot” for this week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

After going through the photos I found three from one spot taken a few weeks ago. We were on the Haigler Loop around Lake Haigler at Anne Springs Close Greenway. It was the best day for the fall colors that we saw.

I just took photos turning slightly from the left to the right.

Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, South Carolina
Slightly different view of Lake Haigler
Similar view slightly more to the right to view a dock for kayaks

Eternal – Six Sentence Story

Scott believed the universe was eternal because he didn’t want God to get credit for starting it and thereby interfere with his autonomy. However, entropies of all sorts undermined the theory taunting him with the thought that if an eternal universe were going to fall apart over time, as Scott believed it would, then it would have fallen apart long ago. As consolation he told himself that scientists would one day figure it all out so every rational person would have to agree with him.

Tommy asked him, “What about eternal life?

Scott spoke slowly allowing the weight of his authority to dominate before declaring that both of them would be “eternally dead” in a few short decades adding, “and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Then your eternity’s not worth much,” Tommy replied.

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Denise offers the word “eternal” to be used in this week’s Six Sentence Stories.

Shadows on a red sidewalk
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