A thought and a prayer and a Psalm

Jesus “rebuked” the wind and sea by saying, “peace, be still.” Mark 4:35—41.  Christ Jesus, rebuke the storms in my life. Command my worries and anxieties to be still, and grant me your peace. Make be willing to be yoked with you and let you be the one to do the heavy lifting, the hard pulling as I give you my life freely and fully.

“The Presence of the Lord was at my side and I could live with trust, not fear, again.”  Psalm 118:6, from Ancient Songs Sung Anew
Sunrise, La Grande
Sunrise, La Grande

The allure of winter days

When the sun is shining and the air is still, nothing is more beautiful, inviting, and invigorating than a winter day in the outdoors!

Rock Creek road

Rock Creek road Union County

Rock Creek winter sky

Winter sky

winter fence line Union County

Eternity

winter selfie

winter selfie

 

Meecham Divide
Meecham Divide Union County
Embracing winter
Embracing winter
Cross country skiing Meecham Divide
Cross country skiing Meecham Divide
Meecham Divide cross country skiing
Meecham Divide cross country skiing

 

Healers in a harsh society

“We must become aware of the sacred in every single element of life. We must bring beauty to birth in a poor and plastic world. We must restore the human community.  We must grow in concert with the God who is within. We must be healers in a harsh society.

“We must begin to do life, to be with people, to accept circumstances, to bring good to evil in ways that speak of the presence of God in every moment.” Joan Chittister
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
    Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
10 Feed the hungry,
    and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
    and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
    giving you water when you are dry
    and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like an ever-flowing spring.”  Isaiah 58: 9-11

Cross country skiing at the Meecham Divide, Blue Mts Oregon
Meacham Divide Blue Mountains Oregon

 

Winter in the Grande Ronde Valley

We have experienced a deep and long winter here in our Grande Ronde Valley–wind and snow have closed many roads, snow is piled deep, both from blowing and from drifting. However, when the wind stops and the sun comes out, there is nothing more beautiful than the snow covered fields, trees, and mountains. It is the epitome of beauty.

Grande Ronde Valley
Grande Ronde Valley
Winter barn Union County
Winter barn Union County
winter barn Mt Emily Oregon
winter barn Mt Emily Oregon
Mt Emily Union County
Mt Emily Union County
winter countryside Union County
winter countryside Union County
Winter barn Union County
Winter barn Union County
winter farming Union County
winter farming Union County
Grande Ronde Valley
Grande Ronde Valley
winter simplicity Grande Ronde Valley
winter simplicity Grande Ronde Valley

 

Snowy woods snowshoe

A short ten minute drive from home takes one to the Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA).  Mt Emily creates an iconic profile as it rises above La Grande.  The MERA offers excellent recreation opportunities year around.  In fact, if you go to the previous post, you will see Meg on a billboard in which she is hiking in spring in this Mt Emily Recreation Area.

Mt Emily Recreation Area
Mt Emily Recreation Area
MERA
MERA
Mt Emily Union County
Mt Emily Union County
snow shapes
snow shapes

pileated woodpecker work

snowy light, MERA
snowy light, MERA
Mt Emily Recreation Area, snowy light
Mt Emily Recreation Area, snowy light

Photos by Eric Valentine