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Gratitude

“Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are not an “accident,” but a divine choice. It is important to realize how often we have had chances to be grateful and have not used them. When someone is kind to us, when an event turns out well, when a problem is solved, a relationship restored, a wound healed, there are very concrete reasons to offer thanks: be it with words, with flowers, with a letter, a card, a phone call, or just a gesture of affection. . . . Every time we decide to be grateful it will be easier to see new things to be grateful for. Gratitude begets gratitude, just as love begets love.”  Henri Nouwen

 

From the rising of the sun, La Grande OR

 

Morgan Lake OR

Mt Emily Summit Road, USFS 31, Umatilla National Forest

The Mt Emily Summit Road, as I have indicated before, offers some of the most spectacular canyon views you could hope to find anywhere.  It is only about a half hour drive from home. it travels through the Umatilla National Fores, USFS 31, off of Interstate 84. The road also provides excellent views of both Meacham Canyon and the Grande Ronde Valley.

 Grande Ronde Valley, Mt Emily Summit Road

 

 

Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Meacham Canyon, Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Grande Ronde Valley, Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest

Indian Rocks, Grande Ronde Valley

Indian Rocks lie above the Grande Ronde Valley, about a half hour drive from La Grande.  In late spring, it is a great place for a picnic or a bike ride.

Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande
Indian Rocks Grande Ronde Valley, La Grande

 

God’s tender mercy

Because of God’s tender mercy,
  the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.  Luke 1:78,79

How does “tender mercy” definite my relationship with the Creator of the Universe, and my relationship with His Creation?

Fr Thomas Keating writes this way: “You cannot exaggerate the closeness, the gentleness, the tenderness of God. It is not sentimental.  It’s a love that wants to give us the treasure of the divine life–not just becoming better human beings. It is unconditional love pouring itself out. And it has to pour itself out. That is the nature of infinite goodness.”

 

Peace on Earth, Mt Emily Oregon, Mt Emily Union County

Carrying our load

”As a pilgrim we, we sometimes journey.
We often know not which way to turn.
But there is One who knows the road.
Who’ll help us carry, who’ll help us carry,
our heavy load.”

Aretha Franklin, from her album  “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism”

Her life was not easy.  We all ultimately survive on grace and faith, as Max Lucado said in the quote I used in last week’s post.

Psalm 119.105, La Grande OR

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