A Time for Everything.

13 02 2014

A Time for Everything

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal,
A time to tear down and a time to build,
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
A time to search and a time to give up,
A time to keep and a time to throw away,
A time to tear and a time to mend,
A time to be silent and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate,
A time for war and a time for peace.

 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 

~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11





Home.

18 12 2012

I arrived home safely in Rochester at 11pm Central Time (so about 5am UK time), and waited to be picked up while the staff vacuumed the carpet in the airport and asked me repeatedly if I had a ride. With a trip worth a lifetime under my belt, I was ready to start a new adventure in a familiar time zone once again, hoping someday to return to some of my new friends and places that had welcomed me so graciously.

Thanks to all who were part of my travels and to those of you who watched from home and shared in all the blessings with me. I hope that these pictures brought you even a small part of the hope and joy that the experiences gave me.

Cheers.





Big Ben.

17 12 2012
Left Top: My gracious host, Kim, knocking down a building with one finger. Left Bottom: Big Ben! Right Top: The Ferris Wheel. Right Bottom: At Lego Land.

Left Top: My gracious host, Kim, knocking down a building with one finger.
Left Bottom: Big Ben!
Right Top: The Ferris Wheel.
Right Bottom: At Lego Land.

Arriving in London at 7am was no small feat, but Kim (a friend from high school living in the UK for a year) and I still spent the day touring London. I got some awesome loose-leaf tea and finally saw Big Ben after years of looking at a small-scaled-3D-puzzle version of it from my dad. I eventually gave up on packing at 3am (still 2lbs over) and slept, somewhat ready to head home early the next morning. I was extremely thankful for my gracious host, Kim, who let me house my luggage at her place all week as well as stay the night.

“‘See if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it… Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the LORD Almighty.” ~Malachi 3:10,12





Non-Potable Problems

16 12 2012
Left Top: Frank Gehry's Dancing House. Middle: St. Michael's Lutheran Church Right Top: The business card from the pastor which accidentally ended up in the bidet. Right Middle: Looking west toward St. Vitus. Bottom: Looking North West at the river and bridge.

Left Top: Frank Gehry’s and Vlado Milunic Dancing House (Tancící dum).
Middle: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
Right Top: The business card from the pastor which accidentally ended up in the bidet.
Right Middle: Looking west toward St. Vitus.
Bottom: Looking North West at the river and bridge.

I was happy to discover an LCMS church not far from the city centre, and after accidentally finding a Frank Gehry building near the river, I ventured over to a very cold building for the 11am service which was, thankfully, in English. Afterward, we shared a fantastic meal made by some members from Africa, and I retired early to the hostel for my 4am taxi and 6am flight back to London. The funniest part of my day was when the business card from the Pastor accidentally fell into the bidet. And yes, I left it there, but I did commemorate the moment with a photo.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~Hebrews 10:24-25





Trdelník

15 12 2012
Top Left: There were puppets everywhere. Bottom Left: Eating Trdelník at the Christmas Market. Right: St. Vitus Cathedral

Top Left: There were so many puppets being sold.
Bottom Left: (R to L) Mary Kate, Jane, and I eating Trdelník at the Christmas Market.
Right: St. Vitus Cathedral

On our last day together, we crossed the river and toured the rather intimidating St. Vitus Cathedral and surrounding sites, found some puppets (which my dad would have appreciated), and rested from the cold at a tea place to discuss the complexities of life. We said our goodbyes over our favorite pastry, trdelník (dough coated in sugar and walnuts), before Jane and Mary Kate hopped on the bus to Poland.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” ~Psalm 34:8





Astronomical Signs

14 12 2012
Left: The famous Astrological Clock centered in town center. Right Top: Krtek, a famous Czech cartoon character, found in plush form all around the city. Right Bottom: Fried cheese.

Left: The famous astronomical clock in Prague’s town center.
Right Top: Krtek, a famous Czech cartoon character, found in plush form all around the city.
Right Bottom: Fried cheese. Yum.

We arrived late in Prague and ventured out the next day in search of the town center, which housed a large Christmas market, free city tours, and a noteworthy sight–the astronomical clock. This curious clock was was installed in 1410 and is the oldest one still functioning today, as it’s 600th birthday was recently celebrated in 2010. The night ended for us with a beer tour, some great food, and fried cheese.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

~Matthew 24:35





Broken.

14 12 2012

I am currently unable to upload the pictures onto the main site (it just links them), even though most of my posts are written and done. Unfortunately for me, this was meant as a photoblog, and I am entirely out of ways to fix it so that it actually fulfills that definition. When I figure it out, I’ll post the last couple days.

For now, click on the links to see the pictures.

Still broken: 2.12.13 . . . :(








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