Tag Archives: Union County Oregon

Seeing miracles

“Around us life bursts with miracles—a glass of water a ray of sunshine , a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.  Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; earth that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  Where we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” Thich Nhat Hahn.

 

1 Corinthians 2.9, Grande Ronde Valley, Union County Oregon

 

Spring, Mt Emily Recreation Area

The Mt Emily Recreation Area above La Grande and the the Grande Ronde Valley in Union County Oregon calls recreationists anytime of year–hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing in the winter, and mountain biking, riding dirt bikes, hiking the rest of the year. We are so blessed and fortunate to have such a great place to enjoy so near to us.

 

MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon, MERA mountain biking
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
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MERA dirt biking, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area dirt biking, Mt Emily Recreation Area, Union County Oregon, La Grande
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

 

MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

 

Let the past rest

As I watch a sunrise or sunset develop, I am awed by the spectrum of color that is displayed. The light and color move gradually and spectacularly, cleansing my mind and soul, reminding that my circumstance are minute compared the eternal moving, transforming Light.

 

“God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience….Let us go out with the patient power of knowing the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us.  It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step into the invincible future with Him.”  Oswald Chambers
Grande Ronde valley, Union County Oregon

Troop 514 snow shoe to Hoffer Lake

On Saturday, I snow shoed up to Hoffer Lake, above Anthony Lake, OR  with five Scouts and two other adult leaders. I came back with two “day” scouts, and the others are camped up there tonight. It was a proverbial winter wonderland, but not enough to attract/convince my “elderly” body to stay overnight

 

Troop 514, snow shoe Hoffer Lake OR

Getting water for soup

Preparing soup at Hoffer Lake
gathering fire wood

Healers in a harsh society

“We must become aware of the sacred in every single element of life. We must bring beauty to birth in a poor and plastic world. We must restore the human community.  We must grow in concert with the God who is within. We must be healers in a harsh society.

“We must begin to do life, to be with people, to accept circumstances, to bring good to evil in ways that speak of the presence of God in every moment.” Joan Chittister
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
    Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
10 Feed the hungry,
    and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
    and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
    giving you water when you are dry
    and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like an ever-flowing spring.”  Isaiah 58: 9-11

Cross country skiing at the Meecham Divide, Blue Mts Oregon
Meacham Divide Blue Mountains Oregon

 

Snowy woods snowshoe

A short ten minute drive from home takes one to the Mt Emily Recreation Area (MERA).  Mt Emily creates an iconic profile as it rises above La Grande.  The MERA offers excellent recreation opportunities year around.  In fact, if you go to the previous post, you will see Meg on a billboard in which she is hiking in spring in this Mt Emily Recreation Area.

Mt Emily Recreation Area
Mt Emily Recreation Area
MERA
MERA
Mt Emily Union County
Mt Emily Union County
snow shapes
snow shapes

pileated woodpecker work

snowy light, MERA
snowy light, MERA
Mt Emily Recreation Area, snowy light
Mt Emily Recreation Area, snowy light