Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ABC Wednesday


F  is for...FOAM or FROTH  like the kind we saw all over the beach on a windy, stormy day about a month ago. Should have been able to get a better photo than this but it's been a busy week, one way and another.



FIREWORKS  not always easy to catch and get a good shot. I think Moth took this one.


FIFTY golden roses for our FIFTIETH Anniversary last October


 

FLAMBOROUGH LIGHTHOUSE
An ATC done in pen and ink and a little water color.  That means NO ERASING!  I'm very new to this kind of work.  It took about thirty minutes to do.

    Surely you didn't think I would let you get away with not using 'Flamborough'  for the letter 'F' !!!

(For the uninitiated, I am obsessed with my home village of Flamborough 6,000 miles away in the UK. See the photo on my banner.)
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WEDNESDAY'S WORDS
 I remember one of my elementary school teachers frequently saying,  "Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see".  That was in the late 1940's, and if anything, that adage is more widely and consistently accepted in today's western culture.  Yet this was not always the case.  It is only since the so-called "Enlightenment" that this cultural attitude has prevailed.  It regards faith as being primitive, old fashioned or even dangerous.  But I wonder, is there really more enlightenment today than there was 250 years ago?  Knowledge and achievement, yes, but enlightenment in the expression of fundamental human nature? I don't think so. 
      Suppose we have been led astray all these years to believe that knowledge and achievement is the greatest enlightenment and there is no place for faith.  Yet to be truly enlightened we surely have to include ethics and morality or it really would be "a jungle out there".  
    So knowledge and achievement is not enough. But here's our problem:  who decides whose ethics and which morality?
    For many people, FAITH is an obstacle to believing in Jesus Christ, yet "Without FAITH it is impossible to please God." Hebrews 11:6. 
    Faith is not so difficult to achieve.  It begins by acknowledging the fact that we don't have all the answers in this world and accepting the thought that maybe God does.



22 comments:

Troy said...

Having never seen the Flamborough Lighthouse, I can't speak to accuracy, but I am impressed nevetheless.

I always wanted to be able to draw/paint, but there seems to be a disonnect between eye and hand for me, and nothing ever looks on paper like I wanted it to look in my mind.

I admire those who have this talent, and are willing to share.

Martyn and Sandy said...

good one but you 'forgot' friends!!! lol

AutumnLeaves said...

Excellent message, Chris. Too many times of late I've seen comments that those who believe in God are literally stupid. I have to disagree and vehemently. One only has to look around to see His mighty hand. Love your pen and ink sketch! And many MANY congratulations on 50 years of marriage!

kaybee said...

I KNEW you would use 'foam' for your 'F' word this week! I love your drawing of Flamborough Lighthouse -- really well done. And your word about faith is right on, in my mind.

claude said...

Good post for F, Chris !
I like very much the beautiful bouquet of flowers ans the drawing.

Mara said...

Half an hour to do that drawing? *Gasp* It would have taken me the better part of a year to get something that looked like that!

Great F's!

Gillian said...

What a diverse array of 'F's! Your lighthouse sketch is so lively - brilliant. I'm so glad that you've taken the bull by the horns and I do hope you're enjoying your sketching. x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Very reassuring and readable post Chris - and what a splendid photo of fireworks.

Jay said...

I love your little sketch of the lighthouse! It's simple, but very effective.

And fifty years! Congratulations! We're only at thirty three. :)

LisaF said...

I'm coveting your fireworks photo. I try and catch them, but have not had a good one yet. Nice job on your lighthouse illustration too!

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh Chris, I now am honored and excited to know we are so close to Flamborough..........if you ever come over to UK and here Jon will take you for a gentle bike ride...to Flamborough on the new road.

Thanks so much for contributing, a lovely post!
Denise (ABC Team)

Abe Lincoln said...

Congratulations on 50 years. And I like your lighthouse picture.

Roger Owen Green said...

I thought you'd go ALL Flamborough. You showed great restraint.

ChrisJ said...

I thought I did too, Roger!! :)

Tumblewords: said...

Great selection of F's. Impressive pen and ink plus a little watercolor. :)

Patty said...

A belated Happy Anniversary. Our will be 55 this coming July 12th. So hard to believe that many years have gone by so quickly. You made good selections for the letter "F"

Dartford Warbler said...

Your firework photograph is quite beautiful!
Belated congratulations on your 50th anniversary.

Jose said...

All pretty good F's. The light house pretty cool. And the foam, makes me want to take a bath but I'm too lasy. lol

accepting the thought that maybe God does.

Not maybe, He does.

Cherdecor said...

I like your lighthouse. I don't think I will try the pen and ink. That will be for a later day. =)

Wanda said...

Great tribute to the Letter "F"

Love your lighthouse too. Wonderful sketch.

BTW Thank you for the nice compliment on my blog. You are truly an encourager!

RuneE said...

You fooled me with the foam - I thought it was snow...

I'm getting to be a monomaniac on that subject.

Sandy said...

Nice job on the lighthouse. It's hard when you can't erase, I know...from when I've done the pen and ink.