Rev. David McAllister
Rev. David McAllister

Reflections on Life

I am going to occasionally post a photograph and offer a reflection upon it.  This will not be on a weekly basis like my blog post, but two or three times a month, unless I happen to be particularly inspired and will then perhaps post something more often.  I am in no way imagining that these photographs will be considered great art.  On the contrary, many of them are apt to be quite mundane, with glimpses into the everyday experiences of life.  These are meant to offer a source for reflection, using the medium of photography to open the door to those thoughts.


September 27, 2019


Words can add nothing.



September 3, 2019


So often we try to control life.  Even in our gardens, we plan the space so that plants will grow in particluar ways.  But then the unexpected happens, and we can see life appearing before our eyes in unplanned and beautiful ways.



August 12, 2019


One of the scripture passages that I sometimes share during memorial services is a portion of the 139th Psalm.  The closing verses of that reading, in which the psalmist is speaking to God, are these:


“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.”    (verses 11-12, NRSV)


This view of the sun, both visible and hidden, behind the clouds, reminds me of that passage. 


What do you see in this photograph?  What would you title this photograph?



August 1, 2019



It was as I was viewing this scene, while sipping coffee and speaking with God, that I  felt strongly the sense that God pervades all that is around us  -  although sometimes,  especially in city settings, we may not be as aware of that flowing of God’s spirit.


I then recalled that wonderful poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins, “God’s Grandeur,” which begins  - 


“The world is charged with the grandeur of God. 

It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;

It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil



He ends the poem with these lines  - 


“Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —

Because the Holy Ghost over the bent

World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.”


[Source: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics, 1985)]


And I knew, as I thought about God’s grandeur, that this was exactly what I was looking at.  What photograph would you place in your mind to capture that same sense of grandeur?




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