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Where does our identity lie?

Really, when all is said and done, when the eulogies are given and the will probated and the estate closed, out identity is the same as it always has been and will continue to be–in God alone and in his living Word/Son, Jesus Christ. In this life, we do not attain some sort of “moral worthiness” in God’s eyes. Rather it is relationship, absorbing and sharing His love and justice, in a way that does not “earn” but rather “returns” what we have received.


Spray Park WA, Mt Rainier

Cape Blanco



Awareness

In the everyday busyness of my life, I think of what “I” need to accomplish.  I am thankful that it is not my agenda but God’s that counts–and that all I really need to do each day is to breathe an awareness of His surrounding me. I do not need to go to so called “sacred” or special places to be with Him.  He is with me in my life’s ordinary events and encounters–I just have to be open to this awareness.

Mt Rainier, William O Douglas Wilderness

Spray Park, Mt Rainier


We are safe in His Embrace

Unlike our peers and acquaintances, God never rejects us. Despite our sins that separate us from Him, despite our attempts to avoid HIm or escape  HIm, He seeks us, follows us, calls us, even pursues us. He is indeed the Good Shepherd who continually loves and wants and finds us, His lost sheep. Finally we learn we are safe within His embrace.

“I can never escape from your Spirit!

    I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
    if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
    if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
    and the light around me to become night—
12     but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
    Darkness and light are the same to you.


Psalm 139:7 – 9

Van Patten Butte, Anthony Lake, NE Oregon

Ohope Beach, North Island, NZ

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