Vacation, blogging, and a few pictures

I will admit it, I am a blogging addict.  I got the bug to blog daily.  I even pre-load "stuff" to fill the gaps.  But, you know, sometimes you just have to take it easy -- a Sabbath of sorts.  If you go back a few days you'll find a series of posts with excerpts from my book on spiritual gifts --Unfettered Spirit: Spiritual Gifts for the New Great Awakening, (Energion, 2013).  Speaking with due modesty, I do think this is a book worth reading -- and deserving wider readership.  So, click on the link, buy the book, read it, and let me know what you think!!

But enough of that.  I'm not yet back to work at the church -- Monday will be soon enough.  I still need to catch my breath (and write), and so should you.  But I thought I might share a few pictures from our family trip to Oregon to see family and friends.  Above is our family in front of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon.    If I may say so, the Oregon Coast is magnificent.

Cheryl and I did a little dancing with the bears in Grants Pass, Oregon, which is where my mother now lives. The town is filled with these bears -- along the main streets. I thought this was a good one to share.


Of course, I had to visit my alma mater in Eugene -- Northwest Christian University (it was "just" a college back in the day).

And we finished our trip with a visit to The Grotto -- a Roman Catholic Shrine in Portland, OR

The Grotto is a cave carved out of a cliff in Northeast Portland, not far from the airport.  Into this cave was placed a replica of Michelangelo's Pieta.  In the guidebook the words of dedication by the Archbishop of Portland, Alexander Christie are printed.  At the dedication on May 29, 1924, Archbishop Christie declared:

Let this be a sanctuary of peace for all peoples on earth and surely in this day a sanctuary is needed.  Torn with differences, strife, and grief, the world needs a sanctuary where the human spirit can seek peace and consolation.
And such is this place, where we ended our vacation before my brother dropped us off at the airport so we could make our way home to Metro-Detroit.


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