Depth Of Compassion
To be compassionate is when we are willing to become vulnerable, where the suffering other ceases to be the other and becomes us.
Our world's needs are enormous, and at times, overwhelming. We need to view them through God's compassionate eyes and heart. One of this Blog's aim is to bring a few of these intractable issues to our awareness for prayer, and if necessary, action.
The Mysterious Rings of Supernova 1987A.
Twenty five years ago, in 1987, the brightest supernova in recent history was seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud. At the centre of the above picture is an object central to the remains of the violent stellar explosion. Surrounding the centre are curious outer rings appearing as a flattened figure 8. Although large telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope monitor the curious rings every few years, their origin remains a mystery. Pictured above is a Hubble image of the SN1987A remnant taken last year. Speculation into the cause of the rings includes beamed jets emanating from an otherwise hidden neutron star left over from the supernova, and the interaction of the wind from the progenitor star with gas released before the explosion. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA.
This 900 year-old antique Chinese Northern Song dynasty (960 to 1127 AD) porcelain bowl fetched $38 million at Sotheby’s on 3 October 2017. Blue-green brush washers are shallow porcelain bowls used in ancient China to clean calligraphy and paint brushes. These bowls were fired in the famous kilns of Ruzhou, in the central Chinese province of Henan. The Ru guanyao, or "ice crackle" style of the porcelain bowl is known for the cracked glaze's ability to reflect light; when pieces are pulled from kiln fires, and the different contractions of the pottery and the glaze cause cracks during the cooling process. Since 1940, only six Ru ceramics have appeared at auctions.
Koryaks are an indigenous people of the Russian Far East, who live north of the Kamchatka Peninsula and the coastlands of the Bering Sea. The Koryak language is part of the Chukotko-Kamchatkan language family. The coastal Koryak lifestyle is based on local fishing and marine mammal hunting. The inland Koryaks are reindeer herders and are more nomadic, following the herds as they graze with the seasons. According to the 2010 Russian census, there were 7,953 Koryaks.
The flag of Iceland was officially adopted on June 19, 1915. The cross design is modelled after the Danish flag. The colour red is said to symbolise the island's active volcanoes; white the ice and snow that covers most of the country, and blue is symbolic of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean.
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Your brain starts slowing down at the ripe old age of 24, but peaks for different cognitive skills at different ages. In fact, at any given age, you’re likely getting better at some things and worse at others. An extreme case is vocabulary skills which may peak as late as the early 70s!
If we do not learn what we were created by God, we shall not know what we have become through sin.
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