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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

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

Psalm 25

This week’s picture post includes three excerpts from Psalm 25.  I love the strength and range of emotion and relationship with God that the psalm includes.  The Psalmist asks God for guidance along the right path, and thanks Him for His unfailing love.  Yet the essence of the Psalm, and what must be the essence of our lives, is found in the first verse: “Oh, Lord, I give my life to you.  I trust in you, my God.”  I realize all too often that in my own life, I reserve a substantial part of me for myself, for my own willfulness. I still have a long way to go, even at my age.

The Safety of God

Love, forgiveness, hope, mercy, grace.  All these attributes come together when we move ever more deeply into truly trusting God.  My brother is now in the New England Rehab Center.  It is a good place, with dedicated staff, and Greg is moving more strongly toward trust.  His doctor has strongly urged him to cease his worrying, so Greg is receiving good advice s well as physical care.

Tongariro National Park, North Island, NZ

 Fire formed New Zealand and raised it from the sea at time recorded only in Maori mythology.  Volcanoes shaped North and South Island, and the process continues today.  Tongariro National Park is the country’s oldest park. Located in central North Island, it has been acknowledged by UNESCO as  one of the 25 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. The park consists of three volcanoes: Ruapehu, one of the most active in the world (at least 60 since 1945), Ngauruhoe, the site for Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings, and Tongariro. The summits of each of these mountains are “tapu” to the Maori. In fact,the creation of the park in 1886 came about when the local Maori tribe that lived in the area donated the land to the government to prevent its exploitation by the European settlers and insure its protection.

The Bay View Chateau sits under massive Mt Ruapehu, and looks over Lake Taupo, pictured below. (You can click on these images to enlarge them)