Something Father Dan said during the homily today really struck a cord with me. Today's reading from Mark chapter 6 verses 30-34-
The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. Often times in the Gospels Jesus is moved by pity, compassion, or the faith of the people around him. In many of those cases he performs miracles of healing. When you think about it, the time and energy for Jesus to heal some one is generally seen as something that happens instantaneously and with minimal effort of Jesus' part. But in today's Gospel, Jesus and the disciples were tired, hungry, and just needed to rest in quiet a bit. But when he saw the crowds he was moved with pity for them. Not because they were in need of physical healing, but because they were lost. He was moved by their ignorance and desire to learn, to be shepherded. This is not some instant fix, but something that required Jesus to spend his time and energy (of which he was running low, remember? He hadn't eaten, and was physically tired BEFORE getting into the boat!). But this was important, he saw the people's need to learn, to be led, and he took the time to meet their need. Father Dan this morning quoted St. Jose Maria Escriva on this- "Jesus is moved by hunger and sorrow, but what moves him most is ignorance." Lord, help me to recognize my ignorance and lead me to You and Your understanding. Thank you for being willing to spend time with me, to teach me an lead me to greater understanding.
I heard a great episode of The Inner Life on Relevant Radio today, all about various ways to incorporate scripture into our prayer life. It struck me as something I wanted to remember and go back to, so I'm posting the podcast link here-
When I saw the plaid paper in this kit I immediately thought of my Dad. Looking back, for about as long as I can remember, Dad has always had at least one plaid shirt. It was great fun going through photos to find ones of him in plaid over the years!
Kit: Spring into Time Collab by Wendy P Designs and Lara's Digiworld available here
Last October, Mom and I went out to the Forest Preserve across the
highway to photograph the grandeur of Autumn. So much beauty in the Fall, and
this scene intrigued me. It's almost like if I squint just right I'll see the
magical gateway to another world. :)
Kit: Garden Gate Collab by Snickerdoodle
Designs and Mel Designs
This month the Round Robin designer is Snickerdoodle Designs. I adore Karen's kits, they are fun, eclectic, and stretch how I scrap. For her week 1 collab with Just So Scrappy we have Fly Away Home. You can read more about her choice of kit on theStudio blog here.
I'm trying to finish up my 2014 pics, and chose my Mom's dog Buddy as the subject of this page-
Kit: Fly Away Home Collab by Snickerdoodle Designs and Just So Scrappy available here
Week four, and I got to play with the kit ahead of time as part of Jilbert's CT. I knew with the bright, fun colors in the kit that I wanted to pair it with a vintage black and white photo. I found this one of my mom and her sister, my Aunt Wanda, as kids and it's perfect!
I created the page in two sizes, 12x12 for the CT, and 8.5x11 for my album. I always find it interesting to see how the same papers and elements translate into the different sizes!
Kit: Sweet on You Collab by Nibbles Skribbles and Jilbert's Bits of Bytes
My parents aren't the only ones celebrating an anniversary this month, in fact there are at least THREE couples in my family with February anniversaries, including me! :)
Here's the page I made for the Round Robin this week, I asked the host as the German restaurant we went to for supper to get our picture before we braved the cold once more! Oh, and was that food outstanding! I couldn't do it every day, but it makes for a marvelous treat! I'll be 'food blogging' our dinners later! :)
Kit: Be Mine Collab by Nibbles Skribbles and Vero- The French Touch available here
For the Progressive Scrap at theStudio this month, I used the beautiful Vintage Valentine Mega Kit to commemorate my parent's 42nd wedding anniversary. I was traveling that week, so used only my tablet with PS Touch. As I think I've mentioned before, that can be tricky because you can only have FIVE active layers! That's tough enough in ordinary circumstances, but with a Progressive Scrap where you have no idea what's coming up later in the week, it was a true challenge! :)
I'm traveling this week and next, so I'm 'making do' with my tablet and Photoshop Touch. It's a bit rough as I have yet to figure out how to make easy drop shadows, and I can only have 5 layers before I have to start flattening things. FIVE, do you hear me?! ONLY FIVE!! What were they thinking?! :)
So, here's what I put together for the lovely kit by Nibbles Skribbles and ADB Designs- Music In Me~
Kit: Music in Me by Nibbles Skribbles and ADB Designs available here
I have so much fun with the Round Robin challenges at theStudio! It gives me a chance to see a designer I may not have looked at before, and they are ALL so good that it's just fun to play with all the kits! :)
This week I used a picture taken at the Baxendale-Blakemore gathering. It was so much fun to get to see some of the cousins and other family that I haven't talked to in ages. Jeff's absence was keenly missed, but we had a marvelous time in his honor. I'm already looking forward to the next one!
Kit: Smitten Collab by Carin Grobe Design and Just So
I love a kit that I can use in both 12x12 and 8.5x11 for scrapping!
The photo is of my Grandfather, Karl Eckhardt at the beach in Atlantic City in 1962. My parents were living in...Philadelphia...I think. Either there or in New Jersey, and Grandma and Grandpa came out to see them. This was a couple of years before I was born. I just love the deckled edge on the photo, and had to work to get my scanner to recognize it. I finally had to put a dark piece of paper behind it to get it to scan correctly, and then outline and delete the excess. I also played with making a custom drop shadow for it. Most of the time I'm content to use the standard drop shadow in PSE. But such a special photo deserved special treatment! I used this video to learn more about creating the custom shadow. I had a great time working on this page!
This site has just tones of great information and articles, and I'm hoping to do this study on my own this year. I may even recommend one of these for my bible study group when we finish the Gospel of Mark.