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“Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world”


“Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world—stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death—and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem 2000 years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love?  Then you can keep Christmas.

And if you can keep Christmas for a day, why not always?”  Henry Van Dyke
Tongariro_Crossing, Tongariro_National_Park

Tongariro National Park from the air

Meg and I have visited the Tongariro National Park three times during our stays on North Island with our family.  Obviously, it is one of our favorite places.  To be in the center of three active volcanic mountains — Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariroare, the summits of which are each sacred to the Maori people — never ceases to awe and stimulate our senses. This national park was donated to the New Zealand government  in 1886 by the local Ngati Tuwheretoa Maori tribe in order to protect it permanently.  It is the oldest national park in New Zealand and the fourth oldest in the world.
On this visit we enjoyed absolutely still and perfectly clear skies and made a flight over the volcanoes.  As always, we enjoyed seeing country from above that we had seen up close through earlier hiking on the Tongariro Crossing. And, having stayed once at the Chateau Tongariro, we loved seeing its setting beneath Mt Ruapehu.

Mt Ruapehu crater lake, Tongariro_National_Park

Ketitahi_Springs, Tongariro_National_Park

Volcanic Flights, Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro_National_Park

Ngauruhoe, Tongariro_National_Park, Volcanic_Flights, Tongariro_Crossing

Mt Ruapehu, Chateau_Tongariro, Tongariro_National_Park

Crater lake Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro_National_Park

Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro_National_Park

Red_Crater_NZ, Tongariro_National_Park, Tongariro_Crossing


Searching for God

“I know that the fact that I am always searching for God, always struggling to discover the fullness of Love, always yearning for the complete truth, tells me that I have already been given a taste of God, of Love and of Truth. I can only look for something that I have, to some degree, already found.  How can I search for beauty and truth unless that beauty and truth are already known to me in the depth of my heart?….We were innocent before we started feeling guilty; we were in the light before we entered into the darkness; we were at home before we started to search for a home. ”  Henri Nouwen 

Tongariro_National_Park, Mt_Ruapehu

Tongariro_National_Park, Mt_Ruapehu