Seattle’s Japanese Garden

On Friday as the All American Council ended, I took the time to make my first and only excursion into Seattle itself.

There I visited the Japanese Garden which is part of the Washington Park Arboretum.

It is considered to be one of the best Japanese Gardens in the entire United States.

It was a spectacular place to visit.

Everywhere you turned to look there was beauty.

The autumn colors were magnificent.

The beauty made me want to stay all day, but I had only about 90 minutes to enjoy this most magnificent garden.

The weather was not perfect, but typical for a November day in Seattle – cool with a very light rain misting down.  Cloudy skies but the sun peaked through just a glimpse now and again.

It simply was good to be there and to give thanks to God for such glorious beauty.

You can see the entire slide show of the photos I took a the Japanese Garden.  Just go to my flickr account and go to the Japanese Garden set of photos.  Once your on that page click on the tiny “slide show” button above the thumb nail prints.  You can see all of the sets of photos I took in Seattle in my Seattle Collection (which currently is still being constructed).   In the Collection just click on any of the icons of the sets and  then click on the “slide show button” above each set of thumbnail photos to view the photos of greatest interest to you.

For other Seattle nature photos see my blog Accidental View of Beauty.

The Woman Who Touched Christ’s Garment

Luke 8:41-56

 As Jesus went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?’’ When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.” When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” 

Fr. Meletios Webber wrote:

Thomas touching Christ

“We cannot brush against God without being changed. In the case of the woman who was healed when she touched Jesus surreptitiously in the crowd, the encounter with God changed her life. So it is with us. Every meeting with God, no matter how casual or seemingly insignificant, involves both judgment and transformation.” ( Steps of Transformation: An Orthodox Priest Explores the Twelve Steps, pg. 147)