Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday's Thought

God With Us" by Bud Hance

John 1:14 (NKJV)
The Word Becomes Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Today is Christmas Day and we light the "Christ candle." Christ, God's chosen one, is the long-awaited hope that was announced by the prophets and is yearned for today. He is the beacon of love that shines from the little town of Bethlehem and that we desire to see in the New Jerusalem. He is the reason meek shepherds once rejoiced in the fields and His Church will celebrate on the Day of the Lord. He is God's message of peace to an occupied Jewish people two thousand years ago, and He is the heart's cry for peace today. Jesus Christ, Immanuel, God with us in the flesh, is all the reason we will ever need to celebrate! Let us celebrate with all we have, because our God has come and our God will come again!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Charlie Brown Christmas

A Special Edition to Sunday's Thought


"Perfect Peace"

by Bud Hance

Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV)

1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

In all of the joy of preparing for the return of Jesus there are some of us who are dealing with some impossible situations. The realities of loneliness, depression, and loss can be magnified during this time of year. All these feelings can lead to a sense of hopelessness at a time when everyone else is celebrating.

Elizabeth's story becomes good news for many during Advent. Elizabeth was a righteous woman, a family member of Jewish priests. But she was barren, not able to have children. Being barren in her day was a sign to everyone that God's blessing was not with her. Disgraced and disconnected, she lived in an impossible situation for years.

The good news for Elizabeth was that God chose to give her peace. Her husband was told that she would give birth to a son, John, who would be used by God to prepare the people of God for the coming of the Lord.

An impossible situation was transformed by God. He restored relationships and gave Elizabeth the new life of a child. God brought wholeness to Elizabeth, and God can bring wholeness to our lives today. May God's peace shine into your life at the coming of Jesus Christ through the power of His Spirit.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Meet Millie- PetConnect Rescue

Ok- you can probably already see the playfulness and love in Millie just by looking at this photograph. Granted it's done from an artistic standpoint, but it show her personality.

She was a challenge to photograph
and I had more fun with her- it was worth the drive to Andrews AFB,
MD, just to get photograph of her!

At first, she was abit shy, but as soon as she figured out the I love dogs, she began to be herself. From that moment on, it was playtime! Each time I got into position to photograph her, she would come running!! Ended up with a few "doggie kisses!!"

I try to be courteous of the foster's time and be quick with my work, but this time it was very hard. I could have stayed all afternoon with her playing!!

For adoption information on Millie, go to www.petconnectrescue.org.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday's Thought


Advent Devotion - "Overflowing Joy" by Bud Hance

Psalm 47:5-6 (NKJV)

5 God has gone up with a shout,
The LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

Christian joy is greater than the joy the world offers. The world offers us joy in sleek-designed gadgets wrapped in shiny paper. The world's joy lasts only for a time. Christian joy flows from memories of all the ways God was present in the impossible moments of life. Add all of these life moments to the countless stories from the time of Genesis to today, and you have reason for great joy. So let's throw all of our efforts into joyfully preparing for the celebration of our Savior, Who has come and will come again.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

HeARTSspeak


I applied about a month ago to an organization which I read about in The Bark Magazine. The group is "HeARTSspeak."

I became interested in the group because I am an artist-photographer and currently volunteer photography skills to PetConnect Rescue. They assign me a dog and I photograph it for their website. I have a blast doing it and it feels good to know you are helping another animal find a home. All it takes is about 3-4 hours a months, sometimes more.

When I read about "HeARTSspeak" (www.heartsspeak.org) and their mission, "Working to unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change," I had to try and join. I received an email this week that I am accepted as an "Aspiring Member."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas

The Christmas season is rushing by,
take the time to visit with family and friends, for this life is short- spend it with those who matter most-

At Christmas, my present is a day with my wife, dog and cat. Yes, we usually exchange gifts, but it's their company and the day with them that I enjoy the most. Have a very Merry Christmas!

"Winter Tree Art"

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday's Thought

Advent Devotions: Unfailing Love by Bud Hance

Psalm 31:16 (NKJV)
16 Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.

God longs for us to know the safety of His presence. God was rejected by His chosen people. Time and again God attempted to guide and direct them, but they quickly turned away. They refused to be gathered under the protection of God's wings.

The patience of God endured for thousands of years, and it continues to endure today. God still longs to gather his chosen people together "as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings." When the "Light of the World" comes again, God will complete the work He started. But God is patient because that day will also mean some people will not be prepared and will be judged accordingly. Advent reminds us that we are given time to prepare for God's return because God is patient and wants no one to perish.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,
but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.

It is comforting to know that God is not like us. Our patience has a limit of seconds, hours, or days. The limits of God's patience are unknown because His love endures forever.

Friday, December 9, 2011

About Me!


Photographing Architecture, Dogs and Gardens!
I’m at: Allen Pearson's Photos, blog.allenpearsonsphotos.com; dullesdog.blogspot.com;Facebook/AllenPearsonsPhotos “Allen Pearson’s Photos; Twitter/AllensPhotos; LinkedIn Allen Pearson; Google+, Allen Pearson; 500px, Allen Pearson’s Photo My work is in most of those places too.

I was born in Gadsden, Alabama, lived in Huntsville, AL for a few years of life and grew up in Northern Virginia. After some encouragement from my mother, I began playing with photography with a camera my parents gave me and that’s all it took. I quickly became interested in photographing the unique beauty of nature.

In the few short years I have been photographing, my passions have changed some to focus towards the art of gardens, dogs and cats. My love for gardening and planting brought out the curiosity of using a macro lens to see the beauty of a world not often seen.

As my interests changed to gardening, I realized a dream of photographing dogs for an animal rescue group. This became a fascination and fun event for me as I tried to capture the dog’s unique personalities to assist them in getting a Forever Home. My experience led to photographing cats as well.

Along with these changes, I began to notice my interest in photographing old town areas and churches. I began exploring these interests in August 2011 which led to competing in the 2nd Annual “Photograph! Manassas” where I took 2nd place for my entry “Celebrate Manassas!! Center Street.”

Now, I am headed out in life with camera in tow to photograph nature that is found in gardens, whether it’s a backyard or a formal one and dogs, some cats along the way, I’m sure. And, am going to check out a few old towns and churches.

And, I am married to a beautiful lady I met while working at a Christian radio station, she is the love of my life and I cherish each moment with her. I have two boys, “Noah”, a Plott Hound-Black Lab mix dog and “Haydn” a Maine Coon cat.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday's Thought

Advent Devotions- "Hope In the Invitation"
by Bud Hance

Psalm 13:3 (NKJV) 3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

In the beginning, God created all things in heaven and on earth. God created man and woman in his image. God gave man and woman the task to care for the world. They lived in the goodness of God's creation with only one rule. They were told not to eat from one tree. They decided to break God's rule, and that is when sin and death entered the world.

Now we wait and hope in God, whose love is endless, Sin and death are a part of our world, but we also know that God's endless love has and will defeat them. So we wait in hope for the "Light of God" to come.

We are called this Advent season, to follow Jesus' example. To the curious observer we are called to bear witness that we are representatives of God and that we are preparing for the "Light of the World." Just as Jesus gave the invitation to all people - including the outcasts in society, like the tax collector and prostitute - we are called to give everyone the opportunity to respond if what we do is meaningful to them.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Ice and Fall Leaves

Our wintry mix of weather about a month ago produced many opportunities to capture images not usually found in a Northern Virginia fall.

The day full of winter's mix and the leaves falling from the trees was interesting to watch. I kept feeling like I was transported up to the northern area of this country where this type of weather happens.

It was beautiful, fascinating and a day I won't forget as I love to follow the weather and it's extremes or unusual events. Happy Friday.

"Ice and Fall Leaves"