Friday, August 19, 2022

Five Minute Friday :: View

Los Angeles River by Frog Spot

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The View from the River

What does the view from the river that named this city show me?

As with anyone's limited visual perspective, what I can see on any day I glance upstream and downstream or stroll the riverbank almost obscures the cosmic reality that's innumerable vessels that have carried the gospel around the globe, millennia of baptismal waters.

Cities long have been built alongside flowing waterways that long have carried ideas, people, languages, and commodities from one part of the planet to another. The Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers empty into the Pacific Ocean, where twin seaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have given this region (and country) cultural combinations and culinary contributions. The moment now-residents of this most diverse ever human settlement first set foot on American turf as they disembarked or deplaned along the riverside, what did they view? What aspects of that vision especially inspired them? What gifts did they resolve to bring to their new place and new people?

I chose this header photo I captured close to the Frog Spot because it gloriously reveals (everyone can view!) a waterway that has returned to health from near devastation, a place where visitors can view greenery, flowers, wildlife, and sea creatures, where they can view people wearing apparel from geographically distant places—and hear some of the fusion music these waters have brought.

By the river we can view water is life in action. Amen? Amen!

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  1. The river flows down to the sea
    past towns to which it's given birth,
    but that is all the same to me,
    for on a river one can't surf,
    and surfing is the ultimate
    purpose water can posses;
    point break is the gilded gate
    to a kind of holiness
    that the shore-bound never know,
    dashing 'round like frantic mice;
    you may say, oh, there I go,
    being arrogant, not nice
    to those who lack the scope and vision
    to make of surfing life's decision.

  2. I think the emigrants were very surprised about the view, this new country. It's different from where they came from. From Spain? Well written. thanks

  3. I love your last paragraph, a place restored from near devastation, that is what God does with us. Visiting from FMF no 22

  4. Very inspiring post. This reminds me of that verse that says, "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God" and also "out of you shall flow streams of living water". Thanks for sharing. Kath, your FMF neighbour at #18 this week.

  5. Beautiful photo of the river and what restoration looks like.


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