Saturday, May 30, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful: May 30, 2020

Ten Things that enhance the quality of my early morning walks:

  • the highly motivating pedometer installed in my cellphone
  • the hiking shoes
  • the cap
  • the belt bag
  • the camera
  • anti-suntan cream
  • the folding umbrella
  • an assortment of nuts and dried fruits that I usually have before leaving home
  • curiosity
  • mindfulness

Ten Things of Thankful

Friday, May 29, 2020

#Skywatch Friday: May 29, 2020

These photos were taken while I was walking along the riverbank in the afternoon the other day. It was a beautiful day.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Turn Left

While I was teaching English as a foreign language at a high school in a small town in the mountains in Japan, I sometimes worked with Mark, an assistant language teacher from Canada. We taught the 10th graders Aural-Oral Communication, and here is a snippet of memory about the listening comprehension quiz we gave one day.

me:   "Excuse me, but could you tell me how to get to the nearest post office?"
Mark: "Sure, go straight for two blocks and turn left."
me:    "...two blocks, and turn left."
Mark: (emphatically, and smiling mischievously) "Right."

this week's prompt: right

Monday, May 25, 2020

Moved with Compassion

Then Jesus, moved with compassion, 
stretched out His hand and touched him, 
and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”

(Mark 1:41, NKJV)

This is one of the most impressive and beautiful scenes in the New Testament I'm thinking of this morning. -- The sermon I listened to yesterday was based on Matthew 8:1-4, and I'm also reminded of the description in Mark 1.

I often identify myself with this man, who has felt isolated for a long time, and I am deeply moved by the phrase, "moved with compassion." Reading the passage in Greek, this expression seems to evoke something more poignant.

καὶ σπλαγχνισθεὶς 
ἐκτείνας τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ ἥψατο 
καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ θέλω καθαρίσθητι

σπλαγχνισθεὶς < σπλαγχνίζομαι: 

to have the bowels yearn, 
i.e. (figuratively) feel sympathy, to pity:—
have (be moved with) compassion.

σπλαγχνίζομαι (splagchnizomai)-- What a powerful word!

This strong, and deep compassion of Jesus, makes me clean from the filth of my selfishness.

He says to me, "θέλω καθαρίσθητι (Be clean.)"

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful about Taking a Walk

Taking a walk early in the morning every day ________

  • improves blood circulation, which seems to be one of the most important factors in Oriental medicine.
  • helps me to get a sound sleep at night.
  • gives me poetic inspiration.
  • makes me less irritable when I face stressful situations later in the day.
  • makes me feel happier.
  • enables me to discover something new about familiar places.
  • encourages me to explore parts of the city I have never been to.
  • makes me more mindful of my surroundings, for example, reminding me that trees, flowers, leaves are growing every day.
  • gives me a sense of accomplishment.
  • is the least expensive sport.

Some of the photos I've taken this week:

Ten Things of Thankful

Friday, May 22, 2020

#Skywatch Friday: May 22, 2020

5:13 A.M. 

5:55 A.M.

I love taking a walk along the riverbank early in the morning.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Birds of the Air

Walking along the river early in the morning, I heard a skylark chirping continuously, and watched it ascending into the clouds. I also heard a cuckoo singing somewhere in the bush. Birds are busy attracting potential mates, building nests, warming eggs, feeding baby birds, and protecting them.

Somehow, I was reminded of the sentence in Ecclesiastes, "He has also set eternity in the hearts of men," and wondered if it is only human beings that long for something eternal, in light of the fact that most living creatures are designed to spend so much time and energy to relay the torch of life to the next generation.

Do these birds know that their time in this world is finite, whether consciously or unconsciously?

Or, is it only human beings that ponder on things like life, death, time and eternity?

this week's prompt: eternal

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Praying and Waiting

Though this video is about one week old, what Elisa says here is timeless.

Our Daily Bread Ministries Chapel Service on 05/13/20
with Our Daily Bread author, Elisa Morgan


  • Pray with a willingness to wait.
  • Wait with a willingness to keep praying.

"To wait is actually a verb. It's an action word. It's something we do."

God Hears Her: Taste and See (Margaret Feinberg)

I enjoyed reading  Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg several months ago, and I'm happy to have found the podcast of the interview with the wonderful author. Listening to it, I'm reviewing the book.

God Hears Her: Episode 04: Taste and See

Friday, May 15, 2020

#Sky Watch Friday: May 15

5:33 A.M.
eastern sky from the river bank

6:02 A.M.
south-western sky from under a bridge

I love taking a walk early in the morning, with a pedometer and a camera in my pocket. It is about five weeks since I make it a rule to try to walk more than 13,000 steps a day. I appreciate this new healthy habit more and more every day.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

My Wristwatch

Soon after I entered senior high school, my father gave me a wristwatch. I have been using it for forty years.  What I like best about it is the Roman numerals on the face.

I wore the watch every weekday when I was a student. I wore it when I started working as a teacher at a high school in a small city by the sea.  I quit my job about seven years ago, but I still put on the same watch whenever I go out.

this week's prompt: watch

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

What I Did This Morning

  • Early in the morning, I took a walk for about 80 minutes.
  • After breakfast, I hand-washed three of my winter sweaters and a wool skirt.
  • I went to the city library on foot, returned three books, and borrowed two.
  • So far, I've walked 15,769 steps.
  • These are some of the photos I've taken today:

Monday, May 11, 2020

Early This Morning

I left home at 5:00 in the morning, and took a walk for about an hour. It had been drizzling before dawn, and it was still cloudy. I took some photos of dewy flowers on my way.

near the municipal science museum

in the park next to the theater

on the river bank near my house

I'm beginning to realize how addictive an early-morning walk is.