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so, i'm not sure if any of you have ever seen this photo before, but i saw it for the first time tonight. if you haven't seen it, this was taken by a guy named kevin carter during the famine in sudan in 1993. it won the pulitzer prize in 1994. it's a picture of a little girl, completely emaciated from hunger, crawling to the u.n. food center, which is about 1 km away. and yes, that is a vulture following her.
now, the story i heard tonight was that he waited 3 hrs to get the right shot (waiting for the vulture to open its wings) and when it didn't happen, he just took the pictures he had and left. just left. didn't do anything. just walked away. and then a few months later, he committed suicide. he was blasted by the journalistic community (and a lot of other people, i'm sure) for not getting involved in this little girl's life beyond taking the picture. no one really knows what happened to the girl, and this picture has become one that is used to show the …

a little obsession

so, i have a little obsession. several months ago, i bought the movie guys and dolls from barnes and noble. i hadn't ever seen it, but i figured i'd like it because i love musicals, old movies and it starred frank sinatra and marlon brando. i was right. i liked it from the beginning. and i've watched it on and off since then, but lately, i just want to watch it all the time. and listen to the soundtrack. and sing the songs. and share it with people.
besides just being a good story, there are some great songs and some really good lines in the movie, such as:

Sarah: You want to take me to dinner in Havana, Cuba?
Sky: Well, they eat in Cuba the same as we do.

Sarah: That bacardi flavor, it certainly makes a difference, doesn't it?
Sky: Oh, yeah. Nine times out of ten.
Sarah: You know, this would be a wonderful way to get children to drink milk!

Brannigan: What brings all these senior delinquents together?
Nathan: They got lonely. How am I supposed to know?
Brannigan: Why are…

psalm 84

How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah. Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun…

wow, God

there are times when i see something and i just think, "wow, God."most recently, this occurred at the maryland zoo. my 4 yr olds and i went on a field trip and i just kept thinking how creative God really is. i mean, look at these animals....
not only are they all so different, but to think that each one also serves a purpose of some kind. it's really...amazing. in the Bible, Jesus says that the rocks will cry out if His disciples keep quiet. looking at these animals for awhile you can see that all of creation is crying out the glory of God. without even trying. just by doing what they were created to do.which makes me wonder. am i doing what God created me to do? am i living out my purpose in such a way that i'm bringing glory to God? just watch them for awhile. animals, trees, oceans. anything He made. all pointing to Him. and all simply lovely.