As winter draws to a close here in northeast Oregon, I enjoyed an opportunity at our local ski area in the Elkhorn Mountains to enjoy some snow scenes. The evening before, La Grande had been blessed with a most incredible sunset. These scenes are a reminder of the intense beauty that surrounds us if we are able to make time to see.
“Our questions and questing are crucial, because they can help us live into the answer of the furture. I am certain of one thing: the love that is God is at the heart of the answer, just as it is at the heart of each moment–past, present, and future. Faith today, tomorrow and always seeks to live, to love, and to be fully loved…It chooses to embrace hope and to be embraced by hope, even when overwhelmed by despair; it seeks life even in the face of death….For God’s grace embraces our questions as well as our answers and our blindness as well as our vision, just as the sun shines steadily through the night, waiting to illumine the sky at dawn.” Jean M Blomquist, Wrestling till Dawn
The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.
|Grande Ronde Valley|
|Ohope Beach, West End, New Zealand|
The best fall colors in eastern Oregon are found on the campus of Eastern Oregon University (EOU). The campus commands outstanding views of hills and mountains on all sides. The grounds are exceptionally well maintained, and the campus “fits” like a warm family home. In the fall, the trees clothe themselves in reds, oranges, yellows of different hues and shapes. One could not find any better setting for a college campus!
Acknowledging and joyfully living the power of God has been transmitted from the psalmists to the early saints to us today. As always, our response to God is our choice. We can read and think all we want to, but praise and thanks of our lips and obedience of heart, mind and soul is ours alone to exercise. In this vein, I love what St Patrick wrote around 430 AD/CE: “I bind myself today to the power of God to hold and lead, his eye to watch, his might to stay, his ear to hearken to my need. The wisdom of my God to teach, his hand to guide, his shield to ward, the Word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard.”