Saturday, August 30, 2014

Seven Lighthouses and A Bald Eagle

What better way to start off this Labor Day weekend than by doing one of my favorite things. Visiting lighthouses!

Actually, I didn’t step foot near these landmarks. Instead, I took in their beauty from a different vantage point—on a seafaring vessel.

Yesterday’s adventure began aboard the Seguin which was docked at the Maritime Museum located in Bath, Maine. The day turned out to be windy, but the boat's captain persevered. My fellow passengers and I viewed the lighthouses from two different rivers and a choppy bay.

It’s difficult to take photos on a boat cruising through rough waters. However, I was pleasantly surprised the images below turned out as well as they did.

Doubling Point Light
Most northern lighthouse on the Kennebec River.
The Kennebec Range Lights
To assure safe passage through the channel, a ship's captain lines up the lighthouse in the foreground with the one behind it located in the shadow of the trees.
Squirrel Point Light
Named for HMS Squirrel, which grounded here, bringing leaders from Boston to negotiate a 1717 treaty with the native people.
Perkins Island Light
Now a state-owned lighthouse, this landmark has unusual characteristics: two white and three red sectors at the top.
Pond Island Light
Established in 1821 at the mouth of the Kennebec River which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The present structure was built in 1855.

Seguin Island Light
This lighthouse authorized in 1795 is the highest light on the Maine coast. By the way, I didn't realize the sailing vessel passed in front of me when I took this picture.
Hendricks Head Light
First established in 1829, this lighthouse is in Southport, Maine, on the Sheepscot River. The present structure was built in 1875. The keeper's house is now a private residence.

A bald eagle in the wild!
 You can see only his head above the treetops in this photo. What a blessing it was to catch a glimpse of this handsome creature.

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mercy From People Offended

Below is the old logo for Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.


I've seen these words many times while handling my employer's documents. However, today I read them with new insight.

Extending mercy could very well be the turning point for someone who needs emotional and spiritual healing. Specifically, mercy from people whom that person has offended, repeatedly.

Impossible you say? Not really. Nothing is impossible when God is in the mix.

Just some food for thought.

"For with God nothing will be impossible." – Luke 1:37