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A challenge I am thankful for


This banner, seen at Gangjeong village on the southern coast of Jeju Island, where a naval base was built over the opposition of the people and their supporters, provides a reminder of the challenge to work for justice and peace and wholeness in all things.

Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home has provided a gift of the November 2018 Gratitude Every Day calendar. I am using it as an opportuity to revisit photos and post them as they speak to gratitude.


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Always never

seconds turn to
minutes to
hours to
days to
weeks to
months to
never enough,
never enough,
always never enough.

14 October 2015
Manhattan, New York

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Confession – 28 May 2014

Barbed Wire

United Nations Headquarters
Manhattan, New York
27 May 2014

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Still shines

Never easy, love Love
strains us,
stresses us,
stretches us,
wounds us,
cracks us,
breaks us,
chastens us,
challenges us,
shatters us,
yet in it all
and through it all,
still love shines.

11 March 2014
Manhattan, New York

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Facebook moments

Facebook moments.
The photo of a friend’s new baby.
The announcement of a new job.
The good news of a test passed.
The realization of shared values.
Bring a smile.

Facebook moments.
The departed family member.
The deceased friend.
Present in the Spirit.
Present in cyberspace.
Tug heartstrings.

Facebook moments.
Echoes through the past.
Reminders of what was.
Stabs of longing lost.
Taunts of what will never be.
Challenge us to change.

With gratitude for Myra Hutchins
11 February 2014
Shire near the Hudson

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Lenten photo-a-day challenge 2

Lots of folks are participating in the Lenten photo-a-day challenge. It is great fun to see their posts.

Check some out at #rethinkchurch and #rethinkpcusa.

It is also interesting to see how people are approaching this project. Some are taking photos for each day.

I am using old photos – photos I have taken through the years. The one exception is one day when I used a photo of my family taken by my sister-in-law. Going through the photos brings back many memories. Remembering is key dimension of Lenten preparation. This project has been a blessing.

See you along the Trail.

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Lenten photo-a-day challenge

Intro dayLent is coming.

Lent, the season of the Christian year that leads to Easter, is a time of preparation. It is a time of simple living, prayer, and fasting – a time to practice spiritual disciplines.

Some people add prayer, scripture reading, and meditation to their lives. Some choose to give up something. In different ways, people make the journey to the week when Christians remember the arrest, torture, execution and resurrection of Jesus.

This year, I plan to join in the Lenten photo-a-day challenge posed by Rethink Church and by Rethink PC(USA). Here are the details:

Whatever your practices this season, will you join this photo-a-day challenge and share with the community how you perceive each word or phrase for the day? No explanation needed, unless you want to. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Tag your photos on instagram with @rethinkchurch or on twitter with #rethinkchurch and #40days.

You don’t have to be a great photographer. This project is hopefully more about the practice of paying attention and being intentional, than it is being the best photographer [though we encourage you to get creative!]. If you don’t have instagram or twitter, we’d still love for you to share your photos. Just share them on your facebook page and tag us, or post them on our facebook wall.

Rethink Church provides a list of words related to the Lenten journey.

I will post here and will tweet the posts at @wmkoenig using the hashtags #rethinkpcusa and #40days.

This amount of discipline will present a challenge to me. I guess that explains its name.

See how I do – along the Trail.


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replaces if
in words written
and words said
with some facility.

replaces if
not as a certainty
nor as a guarantee,
no fait accompli.

replaces if
as a sign of hope
a challenge,
a possibility.

But when,
oh when,
will when
replace if
in reality.

16 August 2012

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