Inspirational photo of the day and quote:

Photo I took one winter day along the Columbia River on the Washington Side. A group of musicians gathered to play. they were making their own sunshine on a cloudy and cold day.  

I am enjoying a daily devotional from this Rabbi:
"There is a Jewish tale about a merchant named Yankel who used to carry his wares from town to town. One day, as a horse-drawn wagon passed by Yankel, the owner recognized him and offered him a ride. Yankel gratefully accepted the offer, but after a few moments, the wagon owner noticed that Yankel still was carrying his burden on his shoulders.
“Yankel,” he said, “why don’t you put your bags down?” “Oh, it’s all right,” Yankel replied. “I don’t want to be any trouble.” “Yankel, you fool!” the owner exclaimed. “My horses are pulling the wagon and you and all your things, whether you are carrying them or not. Put them down and stop carrying all this unnecessary weight!”
We shake our heads at foolish Yankel, who insisted on carrying his burdens unnecessarily, but isn’t there a foolish Yankel inside us all? We bear the burden of worrying about our income, our homes, our children, our plans for the future. But it’s all unnecessary weight because God is the one doing the heavy lifting! The psalmist put it this way, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you”(Psalm 55:22).
With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein"

Well Said!  

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