Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Wednesday, October 31, 2012



Where the spirit
does not work with the hand
there is no art.”

- Leonardo da Vinci

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

out of the storm...

out of the storm

The wise man in the storm prays to God,
not for safety from danger,
but deliverance from fear.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, October 29, 2012

bursts of color...

bursts of color

Fall has arrived.
Behold the changing leaves,
and enjoy the crisp breeze.
Let your eyes take in the bursts of color.
Transformation is afoot and hope is in the air.”

- Author Unknown

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Deeply rooted in the Word?

deeply rooted in the Word?

You must grow like a tree,
not like a mushroom.”

- Janet Erskine Stuart

Saturday, October 27, 2012



I have always looked upon decay
[in nature]
as being just as wonderful and rich
an expression of life as growth.”

- Henry Miller

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ghost of the Future

Ghost of the Future
- cross stitch by FD

Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends,
to which, if persevered in, they must lead,"
said Scrooge.
"But if the courses be departed from,
the ends will change.”
- Charles Dickens

Thursday, October 25, 2012



When we think of failure;
Failure will be ours.
If we remain undecided;
Nothing will ever change.
All we need to do
is want to achieve something great
and then simply to do it.
Never think of failure
for what we think,
will come about.”

- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The souls of men of undecided and feeble purpose
are the graveyards of good intentions.”

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

filling station...

Filling Station

This is a popular diner
called The Filling Station...
a very good place for breakfast
and a freshly made donut.

We need more than our daily
fill of food however.
We need to be daily filled
with the Holy Spirit.

Let us thank God heartily
as often as we pray
that we have His Spirit in us
to teach us to pray.
Thanksgiving will draw our hearts
out to God and keep us engaged with Him;
it will take our attention from ourselves
and give the Spirit room in our hearts.”

- Andrew Murray

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ceases to dream...

ceases to dream

The question for each man to settle
is not what he would do
if he had means, time, influence
and educational advantages;
the question is what he will do
with the things he has.
The moment a young man ceases to dream
or to bemoan his lack of opportunities
and resolutely looks his conditions in the face,
and resolves to change them,
he lays the corner-stone
of a solid and honorable success.”

- Hamilton Wright Mabie

Monday, October 22, 2012


It is in the process of being worshipped
that God communicates His presence to men.”

- C. S. Lewis

Sunday, October 21, 2012

not everyone sees it...

not everyone sees it
Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.”
- Confucius

Saturday, October 20, 2012

optimistic and enthusiastic...

optimistic and enthusiastic

It is a remarkable thing that some of
the most optimistic and enthusiastic people
you will meet are those who have been
through intense suffering.”

- Warren Wiersbe

Friday, October 19, 2012

into the beautiful...

into the beautiful

As imperceptibly as Grief
The Summer lapsed away—
Too imperceptible at last
To seem like Perfidy—

A Quietness distilled
As Twilight long begun,
Or Nature spending with herself
Sequestered Afternoon—

The Dusk drew earlier in—
The Morning foreign shone—
A courteous, yet harrowing Grace,
As Guest, that would be gone—

And thus, without a Wing
Or service of a Keel
Our Summer made her light escape
Into the Beautiful.”
- Emily Dickinson

Thursday, October 18, 2012

perfectly transparent...

perfectly transparent

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little
before midnight in order to avoid this?
Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life
who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something
which to a certain degree prevents him
from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven
into relationships of life which
extend far beyond himself
that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love
is the most unhappy man of all.”

- Soren Kierkegaard

Wednesday, October 17, 2012



Yesterday I posted a photo
of the jazz band, Blue Silk and Satin.
This is a closeup of Patrick Frey...
mentioned yesterday as well.

This gentleman is very multi-talented.
You may have noticed that I have used
several of his outstanding photographs
in previous SonRays.

Talents/gifts are given to us by God.
We are to use them for His glory.

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”

- James 1:17 NIV

“We have different gifts,
according to the grace given us.
…let him use it in proportion to his faith.”

- Romans 12:6 NIV

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

make it better...

make it better

We were invited to hear
a fantastic jazz band this past Sunday.

What made it really special was
that one of the band members...
that guy playing the sax
(lower right, in the front)
is a good friend of ours,
Patrick Frey.

The last song they played,
a personal favorite of mine,
was “Hey Jude”.

Hey jude, don't make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.

And anytime you feel the pain, hey jude, refrain,
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders.”
- some lyrics from
Hey Jude

Monday, October 15, 2012


(let's eat out)

Once a month we try to get together
with my niece Jenni (far right)
and her friend (and ours too) Rhonda.
We take turns picking the place to eat out.

This month was our pick and my wife and I
chose a favorite place for breakfast...
Le Sorelle, in Mount Gretna, PA.

It is housed in an art gallery
at the edge of a wooded area.
Beautiful setting, quaint place,
and great food.

We all loved it.

Getting together with friends and family
for quality fellowship is so important
in our fast-paced society.

Our love to God is measured by
our everyday fellowship with others
and the love it displays.”

- Andrew Murray

Sunday, October 14, 2012

How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art
photo by Patrick Frey

When through the woods
And forest glades I wander
I hear the birds
Sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down
From lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook
And feel the gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art”
- from the hymn
How Great Thou Art

Saturday, October 13, 2012

labor for others...

labor for others

The bee is more honored than other animals,
not because she labors,
but because she labors for others.”
- Saint John Chrysostom

Friday, October 12, 2012

thistle thorns

thistle thorns
photo by Lee Keefer

We have to get above and beyond the thorns
to see the beauty of the flower.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

bad habits...

bad habits

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.”
- Proverb

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

beautifully imperfect...

beautifully imperfect

We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks.
That's what connects us...
that we're all broken,
all beautifully imperfect.”

- Emilio Estevez

I've learned recently to love imperfection a lot
because it shines such a big light on God's grace.
And if someone has grace for you
that's when you feel their love the most
and they see you for who you are
and they love you anyway.”

- Lacey Mosley

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

held responsible...

held responsible
It is not only for what we do
that we are held responsible,
but also for what we do not do.”
- Moliere

Monday, October 8, 2012



Some things work well together.
Here are two native (to my area)
perennial plants that do well
and look good with each other...
asters and goldenrod.
They are in harmony with one another.

Happiness is when what you think,
what you say, and what you do
are in harmony.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

Harmony makes small things grow,
lack of it makes great things decay.”

- Sallust

Sunday, October 7, 2012

simplify your life

simplify your life
photo by Lee Keefer

"As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
Solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, October 6, 2012

watchful eye...

watchful eye
photo by Lee Keefer

A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves,
lest while we are building ideal
monuments of renown and bliss here,
we neglect to have our names
enrolled in the annals of Heaven.”

- James Madison

Friday, October 5, 2012


Bella praying on the Bible?

    “Those persons who know
    the deep peace of God,
    the unfathomable peace
    that passeth all understanding,
    are always men and women
    of much prayer.”
    - R. A. Torrey

    "The fruit of silence is prayer.
    The fruit of prayer is faith.
    The fruit of faith is love.
    The fruit of love is service.
    The fruit of service is peace."
- Mother Teresa

Thursday, October 4, 2012

reading the signs...

reading the signs
photo by Lee Keefer

This is a woolly bear caterpillar.
According to Dr. Curran one can perhaps
predict the coming winter weather.

This caterpillar has 13 distinct segments
of black and reddish brown.
The wider the middle brown section is,
according to legend, the milder the winter will be.
Actually, according to Mike Peters, an entomologist,
there may be a link between between
winter severity and the brown band of the woolly
bear caterpillar... but of the past winter,
not the upcoming one.

Predicting the weather through signs,
usually the sky,
was a common practice during the time of Jesus.

You know how to interpret
the appearance of the sky,
but you cannot interpret
the signs of the times.
A wicked and adulterous generation
looks for a miraculous sign,
but none will be given it
except the sign of Jonah.”

- Jesus (Matthew 16:3,4 NIV)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

the right path...

the right path
photo by Lee Keefer

I told her she needs
to think about her future.
And in order to do that,
she needs to be completely
clear-eyed about her past.

After all... We can't know
where we're going
until we know
from where we came.

It's not an easy journey.
It can be painful, arduous...
but if we have the courage
to face the truth...
it could lead to the right path.”

- Percy (Nikita)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

pondering the future...

pondering the future

There are fish in the sea
better than have ever been caught”

- Irish Sayings

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

Monday, October 1, 2012


Music Pier
Ocean City, NJ.

There is nothing in the world
so much like prayer as music is.”
- William P. Merrill

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.”
- Psalm 96:1,2 NIV