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Water settings of a New Hampshire fall

Nothing gives more dynamism to fall colors than seeing them with, in, and around water.  Here are a very few scenes of the many we have enjoyed.

New England fall

Pleasant Pond, Contoocook, New Hampshire

North Sandwich, New Hampshire fall

Pleasant Pond, Contoocook, New Hampshire

Pleasant Pond, Contoocook, New Hampshire

Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro


Enjoying and accepting the Seasons, New Hampshire


The cycle of the seasons reminds me both that my life is transitory, and that my life is deeply part of the eternity of God. Nothing is lost; everything is gained; all is given in love!

New Hampshire, Contoocook

Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire



He has caused His wonderful works to be remembered

” Lord, we are grateful for memories of joyful times, of beautiful experiences, of graces You have given.  May we wisely use the gift of awareness and memory You’ve given us; help us to notice and remember the beautiful sights we see, the kindness of our neighbors, the encouraging words we hear.  Guard us from dwelling on worries and committing unhealthy thoughts to our memories.  May we always remember the good around us, just as we say and do good things for others to happily recall.”

Mt Emily and horses

Kancamagus Highway

Traveling with grace and endurance

“The surprise is not that, unexpectedly, things turn out better than expected. No, the real surprise is that God’s light is more real than all the darkness, that God’s truth is more powerful than all human lies, that God’s love is stronger than death. ”  Henri Nouwen

We travel this road of life with God’s strength and endurance, knowing always that the light of His Grace surrounds us always.
Norse Peak Wilderness

New Hampshire path

The ever present Lord

Meg and I have be gone from La Grande for three weeks. We leave Washington DC late this afternoon (Monday). We spent two excellent weeks with Michael and Sara in New Hampshire where we watched fall colors begin. Amtrak then brought us from Boston to Washington DC. We have enjoyed a reunion of our Peace Corps group who trained on Molokai in later 1967, and then spent 1968/69 in Tonga, in the South Pacific. Our lives met briefly then, and briefly now. Yet that two year experience deepened and matured each of us, and provided a strong foundation to contribute to family and community in the years that have gone by. And, with that background, this four days together has been exceptionally stimulating filling in the gaps and catching up.

I have realized as well how long my own faith journey has been.  God has never ceased to travel with me, no matter how much I have ignored, rejected, forgotten Him. The Creator of the Universe cannot be absent anywhere, or we and the universe would cease to be. As the One who knows even when a sparrow falls, His Presence remains constant and continual, whether I am waking or sleeping, whether I am speaking or listening, whether I am doing or being.
Kancamagus Highway, NH

Franconia Notch, NH

celebrating new life

At a time when this nation debates whether to say “merry christmas” or happy holidays,” banners are already up in China with the words, “Merry Christmas.”  And Marshal, our Chinese student, tells us that in Mandarin, Christmas is translated as “holy birth festival.” So, China, a nation that does not particular support religion. is willing to use the word Christmas with its religious meaning.  Interesting to say the least.

Regardless of one’s religious or non religious beliefs/inclinations, celebrating the birth of Christ does give us the opportunity to consider our lives anew.  God came to earth clothed in human flesh so that we could be clothed in God. What an amazing gift!
I like what Brennan Manning writes: “Christmas is the promise that the God who came in history and 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 of these horrors, that the Father’s love is so extravagant that no evil could possibly resist it.”

Remembering that God loves us

Rueben Job writes, “Leap from doubt to belief and remember that God loves you, delights in you, and yearns for your response of faith in HIm and His Creation.”  Too often we judge ourselves harshly, thinking that we do not deserve God’s love and forgiveness.  Yet, no matter who we are or what we have done, His love for us is never diminished. He is always there when we turn and return to HIm.


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.