The Rock

Who can resist the look of a hungry pet ?

Scott, our ‘pet’ Seagull, has come to visit us every Spring and Summer morning since 2017. He is always up before me, waiting on the back rocks with great patience, as he anticipates a morning treat. This morning, June 29, looking at the rocks, I am reminded that today is the day of special remembrance, or, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Numerous images of rocks appear throughout the Bible.

David, in the Psalms, reminds us often, that the Lord is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer.

Through tumultuous times, and in every season of testing, our faith stands, solid as a rock.

We will not fear, neither will we be disturbed by turmoil in the world. As we stay focused on Christ, the rock of our salvation, he continues to grant us the peace that passes all understanding.

Today I’ve been meditating on Matthew 16, where the disciple ‘Simon’ recognizes Christ as the Messiah.

At this point, Jesus changes his name to ‘Petros’ (Peter), meaning rock, and announces that he will build his Church on this rock.

Jesus says that nothing will prevail against his church, for she, with all her imperfections, is his Bride.

These are turbulent times, but we have full confidence that, as the Lord promised to Peter, the church, the Body of Christ will endure.

We, members of the church, the Body of Christ, continue to strengthen and encourage each other, having learned, through experience, that the Lord is always faithful to his promises.

Scott’s faithful patience this morning was rewarded with bits of cod fish, leftovers from last night’s dinner, prepared by my husband, R.J, who is an excellent chef.

51 thoughts on “The Rock

  1. Great thoughts and a great picture of your seagull friend.

    Yesterday our pastor preached from Ecc 3:1-8, about how for everything there is a season. Speaking of these difficult days, he said, “God is sovereign over all time, which means He is sovereign over OUR time.”

    Blessings.

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    1. Hi David !
      Thanks for sharing your pastor’s wise message, about there being a season for everything.
      Yes, I agree, God is indeed sovereign over our time.
      We will continue to trust, and not be afraid.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  2. I like Scott and he looks good. I’ve rescued several Seagulls’ and they are gentle birds as I got to know them. I’m glad he has at least this one good human connection with you and R.J, to add to his experiences as a creature of God’s. I like the simplicity of all this of which you speak, but, too bad the world and reality isn’t so simple, and though God made and keeps all of His promises the inevitable is upon us! It’s not going to end pretty so simplicity isn’t going to solve the crisis that mankind has created! People like Bill Gates and Xi JinPing and many others are designing a methodology to take over and enslave the human race which will lead to mass extermination. Satan is having his field day now, and, we can’t pretend it will just go away. It won’t, not ever, not in this life!

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    1. Thanks for rescuing Seagulls, Lawrence. They are beautiful, resourceful birds.
      Yes, the situation in the world seems threatening, for sure.

      But, through it all, we pray , as the Lord taught us:
      ‘Our Father, who art in Heaven,
      Hallowed be thy name.
      Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven… πŸ€—

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      1. Oh and I forgot to tell you something that completed what I said before about the cyber world, it also appears the reality is we have to take the good with the bad to a degree if we want any of it, just like life anyway right! Sorting through it or dealing with it can be frustrating and even aggravating for me. A photographer friend told me he can’t be bothered blogging or spending spare time doing what I do, he much prefers to hike off to some wild location and capture great shots which he does way more than I ever did and I was the professional at a time when he was not and doing completely different things. Sorta a flip here.

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      2. Hi Lawrence !
        Both photography and writing are great forms of creativity.
        Words and photos compliment each other.
        I have been out walking around the duck pond watching the mother ducks with their ducklings, and wishing that I had brought my iPad with me to take photos. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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      3. πŸŒ·πŸ€— Oh that sounds awesome and you enjoy that as much as possible isn’t it great how they are around now and this is such a happy time of year with little stress for them and even us if we try to loosen up like you do!!! Don’t feel bad, I do that many times. I have a few cameras and one that fits in my shirt pocket, but, I forget or get lax and not bring it and then I see like you did some sight which I wish I had the camera. Other great opportunities will come available though, so be patient as I know you are, and it will happen. I missed that one great shot of the three swans all together very early in the morning months ago and never saw that arrangement again since but did see two off in the distance. The shot I missed was a rare close up and personal, as if it was set-up for me to be there, that was when I wrote about the Holy Spirit guiding me that day. What matters is it was the Holy Spirit and a message was given to me special from God, so the photo I could have had is not important. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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      4. Yes, exactly, Lawrence, sometimes the messages that the Holy Spirit gives us are even more important than photos.

        I took a camera with me when I went to Israel, but I found that the place was so overwhelming, that I just wanted to stay ‘in the moment’ and not distract myself with taking photos.
        I came home with not a single photo, but hundreds of amazing memories. πŸ•πŸ˜

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      5. Sally..that is the perfect point you just made, and of all places, The Holy Land, the place where Jesus was born and died for us!!! I think that was so amazing because I would do the same thing probably crying and being overwhelmed with joy if I were there I wouldn’t want to be fidgeting with a camera and take me out of the moment as you said!!! Hey, next time, and, if I ever go there I’m wearing a body cam though! But, you really did the perfect thing because pictures galore are available by top photographers for anyone that wants to have them! I had to correct some serious errors in the reblog ,so, if you already checked it was not correct! Now it is. And, the sandwiches are going to be great, I can hardly wait!!! πŸ•πŸ˜

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    2. On a lighter note and speaking to our wild friends like Scott and to all of us who appreciate the multitude of creatures God formed from the elements; I was just reminded of a short blog posting I wrote quite a while ago and because I believe there are no coincidences, but, reasons for everything that happens I decided to just update that article and reblog it which coincided with this blog of yours Sally, and, it may hopefully dovetail in some way, somehow, to perhaps be a tiny spark of inspiration to help someone or advance God’s plan in ways I cannot see or understand. I added photos and information about the book and author I had originally mentioned. God bless.
      https://lawrencemorra.com/2020/07/05/where-does-that-creature-belong-3/

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      1. Hi Lawrence !
        Thanks for sharing this excellent post.
        Yes, the animals, God’s creatures, add so much to our world, and they also help us in many ways.
        Nice that you rescued the wild ducks and found a good home for them.
        Another gull has come to stay at our place now.
        He is also a gull, but a different variety. He is a ring billed Gull, while Scott is a Herring Gull. The new gull is named Sammy, and he is quite tame, this variety of gull is comfortable with humans.
        I feed them separately.
        And the crows have their own area, and they love peanuts.
        When the world seems really bizarre, God’s creatures provide much comfort for us.
        Thanks for sharing. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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      2. Hi Sally…our animal creature friends are oblivious to our man-made problems and carnage but if they were able to see it as it is they would tell us I’m sure what the heck is wrong with you crazy people! They don’t care one iota about our foolishness but you may have to consider doing what people in some locales do with the fairly tame pigeons and build a coupe for take seagulls, lol. Only fooling though because I don’t think they would like it being a different nesting type of bird they wouldn’t like the enclosure method that pigeons kind of like. The ducks are a variety that some people farm for eating or selling and occasionally some farmers like them almost as pets but these were either trying to escape or got lost somehow until I came around and wondered β€œwhere do these creatures belong?” The folks I had read about just weeks before where the perfect remedy and had a couple of other families they were friends with that would do something to help if need be. I buy several pounds of peanuts per week in the winter but now four to five if that is good with all the goodies around for them to eat out there; but the birds love them and even little sparrows if I break them out of the shells and put them in their favorite pecking areas they take a piece and flyover into little spots where they feverishly break it into bits and eat hearty knowing this is a treat they don’t ever see. The squirrels love them in the shell so they get plenty too.
        The world is very bizarre right now and the animal creatures add the dimension we need to see more value and purpose in enjoying the good around us even though we suffer with sad worries and terror even. Another way God is speaking in volumes to us to not lose hope and trust in him! He has it all covered! Sammy sounds like a happy and lucky gull now that he found you! Maybe one day he will be posing picture perfect and that will be another bird story to post! πŸŒ·πŸ€— Happy that you liked the article which was originally just text, printed on February 4, 2018. Keep enjoying those visitors!!! It seems the nice blogger reminding me of this older piece yesterday out of the blue so unexpectedly was meant to stir up some attention about your new visitor Sammy and the peanuts, and, for me to retrieve the article out of the archive to give it some light of day again!!! It wasn’t happy being forgotten the way I had left it in the lurch and now I added all the photos and the author stats too! I’m sure there are other reasons yet not seen why these dots are connecting in converging conversations!
        Have a nice evening and take care.
        πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ πŸ€— πŸ™πŸ•ŠβœοΈπŸ•ŠπŸ™πŸŒŸπŸ€—

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      3. Thanks, Lawrence !
        That is interesting about the sparrows enjoying pieces of peanut.
        I may try that.
        We have so many tiny sparrows now.
        We call them ‘the babies’.
        πŸ€—πŸŒ·πŸ•

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      4. πŸ€—πŸŒ·πŸ• Cool…yea they are the little babies but to defend their nests with chicks I’ve seen small groups of them chase away a hawk taking dive bomber shots at the bigger bird convincing it that it’s not worth trying to get easy pickings from their nest and even the same routine occasionally with a crow! This time of year there are so many natural plants and grass seed and so on that they do great meal wise but in the winter when the ground is covered with snow and the plants all dead I practically shovel bird food outside for them. Now I still give them daily rations of specialty seed and nuts but they have loads of goodies out there including berries and so on. But you know better than me for sure, it does seem like any birds up there are having a harder time all year long; so they really seek out the kindness that you show them and help them get those bits of nutrition they really need! πŸ• πŸ€—πŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ™πŸŒŸ πŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ€—

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      5. Hi Lawrence – wow, that is amazing about those little birds defending their nests. I can imagine how tiny sparrow chicks must be.
        Actually Newfoundland does not have many native species of animals, like Ontario does.
        I miss squirrels, and chipmunk, and colourful birds, like cardinals.
        We have no deer either, but we have mighty moose. 🌷😊
        But here by the sea, we have bees, which I enjoy, but no mosquitos.

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      6. 🌷😊 Yes you said it you have the mighty Moose! And those occasional mostly passerby Polar Bears which are amazing so that is something to have in plain sight and not in a zoo!!! We both love Bees I was actually going to put a photo of one in the updated blog article today but thought I had enough although it would contrast the wide range of “All Creatures Great and Small” very well! I may still have to add such a photo, now that you mentioned them. You may miss those little critters but you did mention a huge plus, NO MOSQUITO’S!!!
        Yes those little sparrow chicks can be easy lickings by Crows or even Blue Jays and others if the nests aren’tt fiercely defended. I notice how the sparrows usually will try to nest in a communal arrangement if possible almost like a society so when a bad bird comes cruising they all jump in to defend and usually always succeed in shooing away the other hungry bird!
        I just put out an article that was written by a Canadian Publisher that has the facts laid out very well on the current global mess and in particular what has happened in America! When you get a chance see what you think, I had to package it because it said all the things I’ve been saying or thinking as to what is going on! It’s not a happy think but I did speak to a man yesterday that said in our faith we trust Jesus and that no matter what happens we shouldn’t lose heart in Him or that we will be ultimately saved if abiding in Him! Like my Dad always said these bodies are nothing and they can do anything to his but his soul belonged to God! 🌷😊

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      7. Hi Lawrence ! The little sparrows are providing the most beautiful singing.
        Yes, bizarre things going on right now, so watching the bird drama and their funny antics helps me to remember that God sees all the stuff going on and inspires us all differently.
        I’ve been spending much of the day praying The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.
        St. Faustina said that this prayer would become increasingly important as days go by. It is, of course, a prayer for God’s mercy, and that is what the world needs so much these days. 😊🌷
        I will check out your article.
        The man you met gave good advice. Our Lord asks us to be patient, to persevere, and to keep trusting Him. 😊

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      8. Oh yes exactly that is the best thing to be doing, but, the fighter in me wants to physically mobilize and the only thing I can do in that regard is to be a sort of Paul Revere or Crier announcing any facts I can find because the evil MSM isn’t going to do it at all! Those Sparows sing up a beautiful chorus in the early morning and it is so relaxing and reassuring to me of how great God is and that he is ever present in all the good that surrounds us in spite of the evil at work! 🌷😊

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      9. Lawrence – It is really amazing to see the amount of research that you have done on the facts of the ongoing situation.
        We, in Canada also realize that what goes on in the U.S.A. affects the world.
        It is important to alert others .
        Thanks ! πŸŒŽπŸ€—

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      10. Hey glad to help a tiny bit because this sorry to say, shit, is getting way over the top and it may be something unstoppable but at least trying in some way is better than sitting on my hands, and as Edmund Burke wisely stated “the only way evil can triumph is if good men do nothing!”

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      11. Yes, for sure, we all need to do something, exactly right. And God shows us how our own unique interests and talents can be best used . πŸ•πŸ˜Š

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      12. πŸ•πŸ˜Š I agree and all I know now is some big things are going to happen one way or the other its reached critical mass! This is nothing that can just blow over the whole planet is teeter tottering now!

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      13. Yes, for sure ! It will be really interesting to see developments in the next few months. We are at a critical time in world history.
        I’ll keep praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet…😊

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      14. You’re so right Sally! I wish way more people would pray it and realize the power of that praying, but, so many people are just idle or even complacent, so we will see if God gives the human race a reprieve to calm before the massive storm or if it continues to escalate to the conclusion that must eventually come. Thanks for the compliment and especially the praying! πŸ˜ŠπŸ•πŸ˜Š Talk soon!

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      15. Yes, Lawrence, hopefully God will give the human race a reprieve, before the great storm comes.
        We remember, though, that our faith in our Lord is given to us as a gift.
        Why God doesn’t give the gift of faith to everyone is a mystery that he chooses not to reveal to us.
        In the meantime, we pray for mercy, and repentance. We know that God does not desire for anyone to perish. 🌷

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      16. Yes we get reprieves throughout history but this is all God’s plan and we are merely the servants or messengers! He gave us all we need to know from the start with His prophets and subsequent messengers throughout history which is all historically documented fact but still so many people say phooey and won’t listen so they know better I guess!!! What lost souls some people are and that is sad for them! But, there is always hope and many have awakened to the truth throughout History! An old movie that was set in the Roman Empire during the time of Christ’s crucifixion called Demetrius and the Gladiators was made beautifully and make me emotional when I watch it because Demetrius was one such soul who was ignorant to God, and then another actually, which is ever more powerful and on this point was The Robe starring Richard Burton, Victor Mature and Jean Simmons among many old school big stars even Vincent Price was in it. Those movies are so genuine and the stories powerful about biblical times they even make me cry for real a bit in the most moving scenes, one is in the Robe when Jesus is dying on the cross and Burton with Mature both in the scene is compelling as to how it unfolds! The Robe become a sacred Icon of course and has further effect through the movie on the main characters being part of the whole central plot, and climax of the story. 🌷
        On a very sad and horrific note I just read about the six religious statues beheaded at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes! Some are saying this Leftists madness and what I call evil have been indulging in an orgy of destroying statues lately, β€œbut their favored method of destruction is pulling them down, not beheading them.” Now they are looking into whether the influx of Jihadist into Canada or accepting back residence Muslim Jihadist sympathizers that went to Syria to fight for the Muslim Caliphate are really taking this opportunity of mayhem to carry out a small scale form of Jihad by the newly introduced β€œlarge population of people who believe that Christianity is a false religion and that they are commanded to fight unbelievers so that Allah may punish them by the hands of the believers (cf. Qur’an 9:14-15)?”

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      17. Wow, shocking to hear about the statues at Lourdes, but then again, nothing should shock us these days.
        Yes, Lawrence, many people have ‘hardened hearts’. Again, for me it is always perplexing why everyone doesn’t worship God, and obey his commandments.
        However, God changes hearts too – one of the most dramatic examples is Saul, becoming St. Paul. 😊

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      18. πŸ€— πŸ™πŸ•ŠβœοΈπŸ•ŠπŸ™ πŸ€— 😊 πŸ€— πŸ™πŸ•ŠβœοΈπŸ•ŠπŸ™ πŸ€—
        That is the greatest example of conversion, the accepting Christ as the Savior and God!

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      19. πŸ€—πŸŒ·πŸ• Cool…yea they are the little babies but to defend their nests with chicks I’ve seen small groups of them chase away a hawk taking dive bomber shots at the bigger bird convincing it that it’s not worth trying to get easy pickings from their nest and even the same routine occasionally with a crow! This time of year there are so many natural plants and grass seed and so on that they do great meal wise but in the winter when the ground is covered with snow and the plants all dead I practically shovel bird food outside for them. Now I still give them daily rations of specialty seed and nuts but they have loads of goodies out there including berries and so on. But you know better than me for sure, it does seem like any birds up there are having a harder time all year long; so they really seek out the kindness that you show them and help them get those bits of nutrition they really need! πŸ• πŸ€—πŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ™πŸŒŸ πŸ•ŠπŸ•ŠπŸ€—

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  3. Hi Sally! Thank you for sharing your seagull. His creatures fascinate me. And yes to Christ the solid rock where we stand, where hell will not prevail. The world is broken and crumbling as I type, but we who stand firm amidst the testing will be with Him to the end of the age. Have a beauty-full rest of your day, sister.

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    1. Thanks, Julie, for your comment. This is certainly a time of testing, and yes, for sure, those who stand firm amidst the testing will be with the Lord until the end of the Age.
      Let us, by God’s grace, continue to encourage those who are tempted to fear. 🌷

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  4. I love seagulls and love to hear their cry. I remember when I was a child and we went to the cottage on the Bruce Peninsula, we always fed the gulls the left-over scraps from each meal. As soon as you went down to the rocks and started scraping the dish, they would come in a flock. I miss that. I just did a drawing of a gull for a coloring book I’m doing to go along with my novel. I used a photo I took a few years ago on the beach at Lion’s Head and it was standing still on one leg. Thanks for sharing your story and bringing back some good memories.

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    1. Hi Diane ! I am happy that you also enjoy seagulls. I can imagine that there were lots of them at the cottage on Bruce Peninsula.
      That is interesting to hear of the drawing you did of a gull. They look funny when they stand on one leg. πŸ€—

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