Sunday, June 17, 2012

War of 1812

O' Say can you see... The Blue Angels!!!! This weekend in Baltimore there was a sailabration to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. For those who don't know this is where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. 
Here in Maryland, we were privileged to have the Blue Angels and tall ships and battleships from many different countries. Hundreds if not thousands flocked to Inner Harbor of Baltimore. The best part of this weekend for me were the Blue Angels.

On Thursday they starting their practice fights and apparently my house was right in the line for their practice... On Thursday I was able to get some get shots from my upstairs closet.

Then on Saturday, my family and I were able to see the entire show. These planes were as great as advertised. After, the show I understood why the Blue Angels were always my dad's favorite. They were great and I can't wait to see them again....  Here are the shots from Saturday.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

God's Promises and Reminders!!! (Genesis 9)

Lately, weather in Maryland has been very strange. Stormy, sunny, and then stormy... Cold, Warm, Cold, Hot, Cool... The more I think of it I would say the weather has been a lot like Buffalo. Anyway, tonight it was raining and sunny at the same time. I remembered that is the perfect combo for a rainbow. So I ran outside to see and sure enough there it was in the eastern sky...

My wife was tucking the girls in for bedtime... Naturally I ran into their room and told them to come downstairs and look at the promise of God. I took a few moments to remind that a rainbow is a promise from God.

Then I was reading the portion of scripture that talks about rainbows. It is found in Genesis 9:8-17
'Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth. 
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.'
There it is rainbows are God's promise and His reminder... I love that God sees a rainbow and He remembers us. How awesome is that? God remembers us and His promises. It isn't like God suddenly sees a rainbow and says "Oh yeah there is those people down there... I almost forgot!" I think of it more like this when I see a rainbow I think... God is telling me again "See I haven't forgotten you or My promises" Here is a little a reminder for you! I will never forget you nor will I ever forsake you!

God is so good to us... If you take the time to look around you, I promise you God will show you that He hasn't forgotten you... No matter how dark the clouds look... If you look around enough you will see God's promise and reminder somewhere... God bless! Here are some of the other shots that I got of the rainbow.