Jan. 20, 2006
Jan. 23, 2006

Jan. 21-22, 2006, weekend

BUT FIRST, THIS:

An Italian court case hinging on whether Jesus ever existed has taken an interesting turn.

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In my blog entries for Oct. 17 and Oct. 22, 2005, (they're still in the archives for you) I shared some photos I had taken here and there (many from Vermont) as a way of saying that I think we can get a sense of God's love for beauty and art when we simply look around outside.

Today I want to share some photos for the same purpose, but these were all taken last weekend on a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks, where my bride and I spend a little time each January with friends celebrating birthdays.

Yes, spring is gorgeous in many ways. And I love the flowers of summer and the foliage of autumn. But winter offers its own special beauty -- even when there is no snow on the ground, as there was not last weekend.

So this weekend, just take a few minutes to enjoy what I did last weekend.

Lake8Lake13 Lake27 Lake30 Lake25 To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here. My Saturday column this weekend is about the crucial role clergy play in times of disaster.

Comments

Ruth Stokes

Thanks for sharing beauty and joy. With so much bad news in the papers it gives relief.

I understand your feelings. At a low time in my life, I was so overwhelmed with the fall beauty in a canyon in the Sonita area that I glued a red maple leaf on colored paper and sent it as a Christmas card to our minister.
I wrote "This much beauty makes no sense in a godless world". The minister used it for a sermon -No wisdom without wonder.

It is good to share blessings.

Beauty lifts the spirit.

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