Photo of colorful tourists at Monument Valley, Navajo lands,
Arizona and Utah, backdrop for many Hollywood films.

Photo and prayer 2015 by Danny N. Schweers

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Some Comments from Subscribers and the Author's Reply:

Tom (a Presbyterian pastor and a videographer -- ) wrote:
Your photo and message remind me of the day that my wife and I took our two eldest grandchildren to see the Grand Canyon. They seemed uninterested in the canyon, but the gift shops were a big draw.

Jim (a painter of Christian art -- ) wrote:
Great photo! Reminds a story a friend recently told me about a friend of his who had the honor of sharing a meal with the Dalai Lama. After a half hour of eating and the Dalai Lama inquiring about her life, he walked her to the door. Just before she left, he slapped her on the back and shouted, "Wake Up!"

Judi (friend of the Episcopal Church in Sudan -- ) wrote:
Amen. Slap! Slap!

Harold Ross (a fine art photographer -- ) wrote:
Excellent image and words.

Mary (president of an banking educational foundation -- ) wrote:
Yo Danny. You've nailed another one. I've had the blessing of attending a meeting featuring Sherry Turkle, a professor, author, consultant, researcher and licensed clinical psychologist — one of her books is Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. She spoke convincingly of ways to reclaim conversation in this digital world. In your photo, at least two of the figures are conversing and it may have been about the wonder of the landscape and sky.

Peter (an Episcopal priest) wrote:
This one took a minute to sink in. And then to think about. Thanks.


I try to make my writing clear as a bell, but often my words sound like a bell that is cracked. My hope is that the crack is like the one Leonard Cohen sings about, the crack that lets the light in.