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seasons of eternity

Meg and I have enjoyed an extended and nuanced fall this season: aspens starting to turn in Glacier National Park, colors intensifying in New Hampshire, leaves both falling and full in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and bare trees with patches of yellow in Minnesota. The fulness of fall has overflowed into our lives, reminding us of eternal eons of seasons that have preceeded this one. God has planted eternity deep within us. The transitory is wonderful to enjoy, but it never brings lasting happiness. As St Theresa wrote, “let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you.  All things are passing; only God remains.”

Where do we “fix” our thoughts?

Oswald Chambers writes, “All of God’s reveal truths are sealed until they are opened to us through obedience.” My Utmost for His Highest, October 10. Obedience is difficult for us in the 21st century. If we are obedient, then we have a boss, and lose our “freedom,” which after all, in this country, is an inalienable right. Or we claim to be obedient, and end up also being judgmental and self righteous. Whatever our reasons for this lack of obedience, it also creates a lack of gratitude.  Busyness too often interrupts spiritual breathing.

I am connecting three different thoughts on my pictures this week: the perfect peace that we find in fixing out thoughts on God, the depth of our souls that we discover through God,  and the joy we experience when gratitude governs our behaviors.

New Hampshire fall colors

Time with Michael and Sara, as well as our siblings in New Hampshire have restored and revitalized us for our return west to Oregon. Meg and I are even more enthusiastic about the return leg of our trip than we were coming east. We have learned that we can handle driving 350 miles or so a day.  The time together in the car–talking, meditating, listening to audible books, marveling at the scenery–is excellent.  We will leave Sunday morning, drive north to Montreal, and then west to Saut Ste Maire.  We will visit a friend in Bemiji, MN and then continue on Hwy 2 through North Dakota.  After that, we will decide whether of not to stay on Hwy 2 and see Glacier National Park again, or drop down to Yellowstone.  Much of our travel route will depend on the weather.

We are deeply grateful for the time we have enjoyed and for the awesome, never ending wonders/beauty of this Nation.