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The Promise of Christmas

“Christmas is the promise that the God who came in history and who comes daily in mystery will one day come in glory.  God is saying in Jesus that in the end everything will be all right.  Nothing can harm you permanently, no suffering is irrevocable, no loss is lasting, no defeat is more than transitory, no disappointment is conclusive. Jesus did not deny the reality of suffering, discouragement, disappointment, frustration, and death; he simply stated that the Kingdom of God would conquer all these powers, that the Father’s love is so expansive that no evil could possibly resist it.”  Brennan Manning, Reflections for Ragamuffins

Iwetemlaykin_State_Park, Iwetemlaykin, Wallowa_Lake, Wallowa_County, Wallowa_Mts

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!  Isaiah 52:7

Iwetemlaykin State Historic Site at Wallowa Lake

Iwetemlaykin, the Nez Perce word for “at the edge of the lake, captures the meaning of  this magnificent State Park that overlooks Wallowa Lake, the ancestral home of the Chief Joseph band of the Nez Perce Indians. Chief Joseph Mt dominates the skyline as one enjoys walking this historic site.

Meg and I enjoyed hiking through with our grandchildren who were visiting from New Zealand. The enjoyed hearing the story of Chief Joseph and his efforts to lead his band safely to Canada after having the band’s land forcibly taken from them.

Iwetemlaykin, Mt Joseph

Iwetemlaykin, Mt Joseph

Wallowa Lake, Wallowa Mts, the Iwetemlaykin Park is just to the right, outside this picture.

Iwetemlaykin, Mt Joseph

Iwetemlaykin, Mt Joseph

Iwetemlaykin, Mt Joseph

Iwetemlaykin, Mt Joseph