This summer Steve, Keith, and I had worked hard to capture an aerial photograph worthy of being published in a soaring magazine. Keith, not only flew the Phoebus, but had purchased an excellent camera for the shoot. (Click for previous camera post.) And Steve, high-time pilot, strategically looped the 172 around the glider trying to keep me within range of a good shot.
Although our mission was unsuccessful, I have decided to share one of the photographs from that flight, just because GOD is good, and I like the shot! Click to enlarge!
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16: 31-34
I was awakened bright and early by a call from my daughter. As I fumbled with my phone, Jennifer giggled and waited patiently for me to figure out my cell. Amazingly, this is the child who hated mornings. The beginning of any given day combined with me saying, “Rise and Shine,” sent her deeper under the covers with a growl on her lips.
As I headed downstairs to meet my lovely daughter, this beautiful sunrise greeted me. (Click photo to enlarge)
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1
This A-26 Invader has been on static display at the local VFW since 1957. Due to neglect and corrosion the scrap yard loomed ahead, but the aircraft was saved by two wonderful veterans who were willing to put 3000, labor of love, hours in to restoring her.
Before it became a museum piece, the A-26 Invader was used as a trainer to teach new squadrons back in the World War II era. It also flew in the Korean war for surveillance purposes.
It was my great pleasure to photograph the Invader from the blessed 172, new engined, aircraft. Click to enlarge.
And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body. And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. Ezekiel 1:23,24
Why do people believe in a jolly old man, decked out in red velvet, but the birth of Jesus Christ is hard to grasp.
Why do people accept dancing green elves who devote their lives to toy making, but adorned angels delivering God’s message is considered strange.
Why do people accept a reindeer powered sled, but wise men on camels, following a star, is outlandish.
Why do people accept a midnight visit from Santa, yet shepherds viewing the savior, one glorious night, considered odd.
Get lost Santa — Jesus is the reason for the season!
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2
Recently, our aircraft engine sputtered to an end. So I prayed and handed the Lord the battle. Early the next morning, God said, “Lay hands on the 172 and pray.” I prayed and gave thanks to Jesus for the new engine that would be forthcoming not knowing how, when, or where, but trusting Him to have the perfect answer.
A week later Scott contacted us — he had located an overhauled engine for a Cessna 172 for $10,000. (A super extraordinary buy.) And even offered to drive Steve down to retrieve the engine with his truck, as we had no automobile that could move it.
Cash for the purchase became the next human obstacle, but God with His infinite ways and wisdom soon had the money rolling in to the exact dollar needed to buy the engine.
A couple of weeks later the engine arrived and two wonderful men offered to instal it — and did! The 172 cranked up and flew the skies 7 days prior to Christmas. What a fabulous gift from God! Not only do we have the honor of celebrating the birth of Christ, but we can marvel at His Grace, Power, and Glory! Glory to God!
That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! Psalm 30:12