we need the real thing

Modern life has a way of distancing us from the beauty of nature. Technologization, urbanization, globalization and a whole host of other “zations” put the world at our fingertips, while ironically, we never actually have to encounter the world. Thus we have fabricated attempts at beauty (television, internet, movies) - attempts that never quite live up to the real thing, perhaps even conditioning us to believe that our feeble attempts at beauty’s replication are the real thing. Here is where technology's benefits are incomplete, even debilitating. We need more.

We need the real thing.

This past weekend I experienced the real thing in the form of two amazing ocean sunsets:

All photos taken at Deception Pass, Washington, USA.

Praise the Lord, my soul.
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.
He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains. 
 Psalm 104:1-6


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