Posts tagged ‘Bible’

October 10, 2011

No fear, no worries…

“… blessed are those who trust in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-9

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July 28, 2011

Barley Field

Barley Field

This field full of Barley (I think it’s Barley but please feel free to correct me) is growing nearby.  As is so often the case around here, it was just about to rain, so the sky was quite dramatic!  I think the photo looks a bit better in black and white.

A quick look on biblegateway.com shows a surprising number of references to Barley in the Bible – my favourite is the feeding of the 5000 as recorded in Chapter 6 of John’s gospel:

5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.   7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”   8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.   12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.   14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

July 20, 2011

“Where is my future?”

Clonakilty Graffiti

Yesterday I came across another work of art by Clonakilty’s answer to Banksy.  You may remember a previous post of Zirak’s work; it’s a bit more thoughtful that your average graffiti.

So we have a young boy holding a placard saying “Where is my future?”  He has hollow-looking sunken black eyes, he looks dirty and untidy, a hand is in his pocket and his shoe laces are untied.  He looks depressed, lost and fearful, though at the same time his stance is one of innocence mixed with a little defiance.  The back-to-front e’s on the placard suggest this boy is old enough to read and write but only just, he is not quite there yet – he has his whole life ahead of him, a future overflowing with dreams, ambitions and possibilities.  The world is his oyster.  Or is it?  I think Zirak is refelcting on the economic woes of this country and how the dreams that many had during the Celtic Tiger years are now in ruins; no longer are the children wearing designer labels and their parents driving around in huge SUV’s.  Yes the future for many in this country is bleak compared to what it was, but perhaps a bit of perspective is needed too.

Thinking about this made me remember that wonderful verse from Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

No matter how bleak this life may be, in God there is always a hope and a future for all.

Thank you Zirak for another thoughtful piece of Street Art.