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Pray for our enemies

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.  If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.  If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. Matthew 5:43-47

This is not easy advice, but it show us what the Lord expects of our relationships with people who are not like us. Like the rain that falls on the just and the unjust, so rainbows appear to all of us.

Beloved

Beloved Is Where We Begin

If you would enter
into the wilderness,
do not begin
without a blessing.

Do not leave
without hearing
who you are:
Beloved,
named by the One
who has traveled this path
before you.

Do not go
without letting it echo
in your ears,
and if you find
it is hard
to let it into your heart,
do not despair.
That is what
this journey is for.

I cannot promise
this blessing will free you
from danger,
from fear,
from hunger
or thirst,
from the scorching
of sun
or the fall
of the night.

But I can tell you
that on this path
there will be help.

I can tell you
that on this way
there will be rest.

I can tell you
that you will know
the strange graces
that come to our aid
only on a road
such as this,
that fly to meet us
bearing comfort
and strength,
that come alongside us
for no other cause
than to lean themselves
toward our ear
and with their
curious insistence
whisper our name:

Beloved.
Beloved.
Beloved.

 —Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

BSA Troop 514 Klondike Derby, 2019

Once again, BSA Troop 514, La Grande, OR successfully prepared snow shelters and slept in them for the annual Klondike Derby at Mud Lake, opposite the Anthony Lakes ski area. Eleven hard working Scouts, in an excellent team effort, dug a forty foot by five foot trench down into six feet of snow.  From there, they dug three snow caves into the sides of the trench. This preparation happened on Saturday and Monday of Presidents’ weekend.  Last Friday night, February 22nd, they slept in the caves and then participated in the Saturday morning Klondike competition .

 

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Troop 514 snow cave, Klondike Derby

Getting ready to camp in a tree well

My little tent in the snowy woods

BSA Troop 514 winter camping

BSA Troop 514 flag ceremony

Eastern Oregon District Klondike Derby

Enjoying winter

After living without a dog for six years, Meg and I recognized it was time to invest love and time in a dog again.  So in late August, we bought a mini Aussie shepherd.  Leif is a delightful creature, full of love, energy, and intelligence.  Winter hiking and snowshoeing with him in the Mt Emily Recreation Area and the Meacham Divide have been filled with his joyful exuberance for snow travel! And many of these times Meg and I enjoyed the added pleasure of having son Michael and his dogs with us.

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Meg Michael, and our dogs

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

If the snow is the right temperature and consistency, Leif acquires snow balls on his fur.

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide–tracks of a snow hare

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

Mt Emily Recreation Area, MERA, Meacham Divide

God’s tender mercy

Because of God’s tender mercy,
  the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.  Luke 1:78,79

How does “tender mercy” definite my relationship with the Creator of the Universe, and my relationship with His Creation?

Fr Thomas Keating writes this way: “You cannot exaggerate the closeness, the gentleness, the tenderness of God. It is not sentimental.  It’s a love that wants to give us the treasure of the divine life–not just becoming better human beings. It is unconditional love pouring itself out. And it has to pour itself out. That is the nature of infinite goodness.”

 

Peace on Earth, Mt Emily Oregon, Mt Emily Union County

The Blue Pools, New Zealand

Resting, flowing, sensually invigorating, the Blue Pools are deeply blue and deeply tranquil.  A lovely walk through mature beech and podocarp forest an hour west of Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand takes one to this stream that flows into the Makarora River. Pure glacial waters refract the light to create this deep, unique blue. At our gym in La Grande, two treadmills allow you to take virtual walks.  The Blue Pools is one of the choices.  So, we happily included the actual walk in our travels this November.

 

Walk to the Blue Pools

Blue Pools New Zealand, Blue Pools Wanaka

Blue Pools New Zealand, Blue Pools Wanaka

Blue Pools New Zealand, Blue Pools Wanaka

Blue Pools New Zealand, Blue Pools Wanaka

Blue Pools New Zealand, Blue Pools Wanaka

Blue Pools New Zealand, Blue Pools Wanaka