Friday, February 09, 2007

Photo Hunter: broken


This Old House
written by S. Hamblen

This old house once knew its children
This old house once knew its wife
This old house was home and comfort
As they fought the storms of life

This old house once rang with laughter
This old house heard many shouts
Now it trembles in the darkness
When the lightning walks about

Ain't gonna need this house no longer
Ain't gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor



Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the window pain
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
He's getting ready to meet the saints

This old house is gettin' shaky
This old house is gettin' old
This old house has seen the rain
This old house has seen the cold

Oh his knees are gettin' chilly
But he feels no fear or pain
'Cause he sees an angel peepin'
Through a broken window pane



Ain't gonna need this house no longer
Ain't gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the window pain
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
He's getting ready to meet the saints



"Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused." CH Spurgeon


“Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” Samuel Johnson


Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts. Mortimer Adler


“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” C.S. Lewis quotes


It's easy to be led astray when you're so broken. People take advantage of you. Willie Aames


“The heart is the only broken instrument that works.” T. E. Kalem


How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?” Oscar Wilde


DON'T be unwise enough to think that we are serving God best by constant activity at the cost of headaches and broken rest. I am getting to be of the opinion that we may be doing too much. We want at least this is my own want--a higher quality of work. Our labor should be to maintain unbroken communion with our blessed Lord; then we shall have entire rest, and God abiding in us; that which we do will not be ours, but His. John Kenneth McKenzie



These bottom photos are from when a category 1 tornado (read weak - barely registering as a tornado) passed through our area a little over a year ago.

The top set comes from two different burned out houses that I discovered both of which have been razed since the photographs were taken. I am fond of derelict houses.

13 comments:

  1. I am fond of of 'derelict' houses also...and barns...and sheds...I would love to be side by side with you as you take some of these astounding photographs!!!! Not to mention I could probably spend a whole days just soaking up all the marvelous 'quotes' in your database!!! The this Old House poem was just beautiful and my favorite quote today: "It's easy to be led astray when you're so broken. People take advantage of you. Willie Aames"...and BTW...I so enjoy reading your comments over at my place...you are a very astute and insightful individual...this is your gift ;)

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  2. Wow, that's some serious breakage. Those photos of the old houses are so good.

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  3. That quote by McKenzie is right on target of where I am today, in my head. Thanks for including it.

    And, as always, your photos are wonderful. :)

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  4. Great photos. You sure had a lot of material for the broken theme. I really like that they are B&W too.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. In reply--there probably are things that if we get too attached, God will break. He is a jealous God and doesn't want us to worship any thing more than him. That may or may not make sense.
    Peace.

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  5. By far the best take on the theme I've seen today.

    I especially like the quotes you have chosen to go along with them.

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  6. That is so sad and that song was one of my favorite songs growing up

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  7. What a magnificent photo essay. That took a lot of time and thought for you to create and I truly appreciate it.

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  8. I was singing "this old house" as I read through its familiar words. This is a very powerful piece; both sad and uplifting. Hope in the midst of desolation.

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  9. Quite a post. I sang my way through the first one. These are great photos and your words are inspirational. Happy weekend.

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  10. Wow, those are some touching photos. I loved them and the black and white is a real nice touch to the broken theme. Great quotes to go along with them.

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  11. Great pictures of brokenness. And wonderful quotes by famous writers. Thank you for sharing...

    Blessings on your Sunday evening and always.

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  12. Broken houses, broken dreams, captured, perhaps, as reminders to all of us.

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  13. Beautiful photo essay for broken!

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