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Posts from the ‘Buildings and displays.’ category

Time Shows Its Age

Even in small cities like Wausau, buildings age.

Occasionally in the countryside I’ve come across an old barn or two.   In some cases just a foundation remains.  Sometimes you wonder what happened there.

Wausau has a lot of old housing stock, but then any city as old as Wausau is would have this.  Eerie and spooky the things of the past seem.  You wonder what went on there.   You wonder how many different cars did this garage house or how many horses did it shelter or how many families lived in the house nearby.

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Christ The Good Shepherd

Jesus the Good Shepherd at Trinity Lutheran in Wausau.

 

Earlier today, my pastor, the Rev. Gary Schultz at Trinity Lutheran here in Wausau http://www.trinityonstewart.org, used this image as a Power Point slide for a sermon based on Luke 15:1-10 entitled “Lost, but Not the TV Show.  The weather conditions outside were exactly the same  as when the photo was taken, cloudy.  Those conditions provide perfect lighting for stained glass windows as the light is even.  Otherwise Jesus would have an over-powering halo that would wash everything else out.

Instead, we see Jesus as he is.  He is the good shepherd who will seek and save the ones who are lost.   All of us, especially me, would be lost.

I do photography because I have the gift of sight and I want to share with the world the things that I see and are beautiful.   This window stands out because it is displayed as it was photographed with only the light that shines through it.  The house lights in the sanctuary were off that afternoon and I had the sanctuary to myself.   The darkness that surrounds the window with its wooden tracery allows the light from outside to bring the image alive in itself.   After all, Jesus is the light of the world!

Old Glory Still Flies

Tomorrow is the 12th anniversary of a date that lives in infamy.   This flag is from my house, but it could have been like the one that the firefighters raised on that frightful day when the Towers of the World Trade Center came crashing down and 3,00 souls lost their lives.  Tomorrow is Patriot’s Day.   We remember a time when the true patriots stood tall when terrorists wanted us to cower in fear.   We remember all of those who responded to the call.  The police, the firefighters, the soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen who stood tall to face the enemy.Old Glory-3

I always wanted to do a shot of the American Flag against the sky.

I always wanted to do a shot of the American Flag against the sky.

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Building Art

One of the oddest looking buildings in Wausau is the Black Purl knitting store on 3rd Street just north of the downtown district.  If you take a walk  on Wausau’s River Edge Parkway or pass by on 3rd Street, you cannot help but notice the stark overtones  of this building.  To the naked eye, it looks like it could have been in a fire with its blackened siding.  It must seem odd to the railroad locomotive operators to see these colorful chairs sitting as if they were waiting for a train to come by on the main line.  It is outdoor art!

Art comes in all forms and shapes and in all colors including black.   Take a walk with me through my hometown, and you will see all of it and wonder why.

One of the most distinctive buildings in the Wausau area.

One of the most distinctive buildings in the Wausau area.

Spiritual Solitudes

If anyone would have guessed that a central theme to this blog might be in the spiritual solitudes, they would be right.

They surround us all.  Sometimes these places are there right in front of our eyes, and sometimes we have to seek them out.

One such place in my life has been Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau, WI.   I have been a part of this congregation since I was baptized in January of 1958.   This sanctuary became a quiet place of retreat on September 11, 2001 when a group of sadly miss-lead men caused the death of 3,000 souls.   The congregation would not hold a service until later on that week, yet I came here that night for the peace that passes all understanding.

Even when the sanctuary is vacant, it is still a place to come and worship in peace the awesome God who created it all.  

Pastor Gary Schultz delivers a sermon from the pulpit at Trinity Lutheran on Stewart in Wausau, WI.

We all need the silence to appreciate God in our lives.   In that still small voice, he speaks to us through the turmoil of our lives.  In Jesus, he became the good shepherd who came to seek and to save that which was lost.

You are all welcome to check out my place of spiritual solitude.  Check it out at trinityonstewart.org/.  If you are in the Wausau area next week, please check out the schedule for Holy Week.   Come and see what He did for you!

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