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Land of Rest is a blog of Peter Jenks. Poems, quotes and photos are by Peter Jenks (unless otherwise noted or I miss noting an older post's photo) and are copyrighted, you are free to use these if you acknowledge their source.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Gathering together to pray and worship
Is the great affirmation
that we want to live and love;
And the revolutionary declaration
against the twin tyrannies
of apathy and avoidance.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Putting Prayers Out There

There is a difference between a good idea and a good idea that someone acts upon. Things get done when someone speaks up, acts and follows through on the idea and inspiration. When we think up a good idea and let it go, perhaps even forgetting about it until someone else acts upon something like it, we can only blame ourselves and often feel frustrated.
So, too, I think it is with our prayers. When I offer to God my heart, my concerns, my longings and my hopes but just think it in my head, it is easy for me to wallow on it, say it again and again and have trouble letting it go. Speaking it out helps, writing it out is also good, saying it with someone else commits it to someone else's hearing. I have taken to writing prayers down onto fabric and flying them over my yard, not only for God to see but for me to see that I have put these deeply felt items into God's hands, onto God's strength. I might want to pray this again and again, but it is hanging for all the world to see that I have already hoisted these prayers. And as they fade in the sun I can feel them becoming more clearly known by the love and heart of Jesus. Thank you Lord.

Thanks be to God for the peach

Blessed be God for the creation of the fresh ripe peach!
Oh, such delight and juice and sweetness that is not too sweet,
but just right.
Who could imagine, who could design,
who could produce from the elements of the stars
something so delicate, soft and perfect?
Only the God of mercy and beauty
and a God who obviously loves us so much to give us the peach.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Days after getting off a week long boat trip, I find that I can still feel the waves moving beneath me. It is amazing how our body remembers such movement. It gets me thinking how much of our memory or ways of thinking, perceiving and reacting are a result of actions and experiences long over finished.

Steering a boat for me is an experience more complete than most vehicles for me, for I have a sense of the entire boat as part of my body, or me being one with the boat as it moves and steers through the water. From this experience I find it easier to see and experience the understanding of being one with the water and the wind. We are more connected than we can ever truly understand.

On a boat with a few people and very limited space one learns to move in small ways, to be accommodating and to be sensitive to others. One cannot get away, unless one is a very good swimmer. It is important to learn to live with each other, to get over personal issues and to be gracious. It has been my experience that sailors on submarines are the exceptionally kind and nice people, my limited boat experience can see how that would a submarine life would develop such characteristics. It is interesting how we so often lose this awareness upon the ship of land.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

more pictures

Here are a few more pictures of the trip, these are by Jacob Gerritsen, and are much better than my snapshots.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Just back from a wonderful trip on Ex Libris

What a great week, we were escorted by dolphins and led home by an eagle. Through beautiful and blustery weather, with a boatload of singers serenading us and a concert, to great food and wonderful times together. We all took turns in the kitchen and steering and Jacob even got the spinnaker up on the last day. Bless the Lord! All is well. Here are a few snapshots I took.
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