At nearly fourteen and half miles in length, the Tasman glacier is the longest in New Zealand. Over the past four decades, the lake below it has grown from a large pond to a very large Tasman Lake. The lake undercuts the glacier and speeds up the iceberg calving process. The day after Meg and I walked the Hooker Valley Track, we took a guided kayak trip on the lake. Our guide, Anthony (“Ant”) Harris, did an excellent job leading us within appropriate distance of the various sized glaciers. The size and shapes of the icebergs are constantly changing, and they can suddenly roll, sending out major waves.
O God, you love us like a good parent, and are present in every aspect of our existence. May your nature become known and respected by all. May your joy, peace, wholeness and justice be the reality for everyone as we live by the Jesus Way. Give us all that we really need to live every day for you. And forgive us our failures as we forgive others for their failures. Keep us from doing those things which are not of you, and cause us always to be centered on your love. For you are the true reality in this our now, and in all our future. In the Jesus Way we pray. Amen. (David Sorril)
“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
Many years ago, Meg and I were with our New Zealand on an overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound, in Fiordland, South Island. I arose early and took this picture
“The root of prayer is interior silence….Deep prayer is the laying aside of thoughts. It is the opening of mind and heart, thoughts and feelings—our whole being—to God, the ultimate mystery, beyond words, thoughts and emotions.” Fr Richard Keating
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 Union County
“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.
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
“The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.” A. Stainback
We can march, we can protest, we can accept, but how do we touch? How are we going to act personally with our neighbors?
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.