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While driving down country roads one day, I came upon this scene, one you’re unlikely to see in more cosmopolitan neighborhoods where posh, sophisticated folks live. There’s something about country people, people who live in the rural areas, that is quite liberating and freeing. They aren’t worried about what the neighbors will think or if something meets with zoning ordinances or neighborhood codes or political correctness. They’re just themselves and they don’t mind expressing what counts to them, what’s in their hearts and in their souls. On an island in a little pond at the front of their property, the homeowners of this particular property have constructed this scene from Calvary, Jesus Crucified with His mother Mary standing faithfully, lovingly, and sorrowfully at His feet. But if you look a little closer you’ll see another figure—a cormorant which remained on that cross with Jesus for as long as I sat at the roadside looking and taking pictures.

As I studied the photo when I returned home, it came to me that I was witnessing the BEST BAIL-OUT PLAN ever devised, the only one that has worked and will ever work. Jesus came to Earth to bail us out of our self-imposed misery and sins, to pull us out of spiritual bankruptcy, and to show us the way to the peacefulness of heaven. Today, we hear lots of talk from politicians, mere men, who think they can bail us out of our woes. I think we’d all be much better off if we looked to the only real leader, our Messiah, who alone can save the day!

Seems to me even the cormorant would agree!


  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 6 years ago

    All very true, Bonnie and what an amazing cormorant to sit there for so long!!!! :o)

  • Thanks so much, Krys. Your opinion matters a great deal to me. Glad you responded so favorably!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Bonnie. And great writeup. Agnes xx

  • Thanks so much, Agnes. I appreciate your words of encouragement and value your opinions!

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 6 years ago

    I love that about rural people, too. People are a lot like that here in the “wild” west. Neighbors help neighbors and try to live honest lives. I suppose that is why we have so many wide open spaces-there are not enough people like that. Great picture and story. xo

  • Thanks so much, Lori! This really struck a chord in me and I just had to sound off! I appreciate your words of confirmation in the matter.

    – Bonnie T. Barry

  • Rpnzle
    Rpnzlealmost 6 years ago

    Very moving shot!! Love it!
    And I agree…the Best Bail-out ever!!!

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 6 years ago

    What a great find Bonnie, fabulous capture and write up

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 6 years ago

    Perfect image and very moving… Well done

  • TrEaSuReDiMaGeS
    TrEaSuReDiMaGeSalmost 6 years ago

    Outstanding capture and composition Bonnie!!! :-))

  • loramae
    loramaealmost 6 years ago

    Love to see people unafraid to show their love for the Lord…what a blessing BB! :O)

  • Kathy Reid
    Kathy Reidalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture and thanks for sharing.

  • Nanagahma
    Nanagahmaalmost 6 years ago

    I so agree with what you have written! What a lovely setting for this photo. A great find in such a troubled world. Nice capture.

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