Tag: mountains

welcoming Darkness to the table

Last weekend, I had the honor of co-facilitating a group of discerning deaconesses at a United Methodist Women’s gathering at Lake Junaluska, NC.  As a part of our spiritual formation time on Saturday, we practiced sabbath, and each of us took 30 minutes to… Continue Reading “welcoming Darkness to the table”

Spring poetry and prayer

Lord, the air smells good today, straight from the mysteries within the garden of God. The trees in their prayer, the birds in praise, the first blue violets, kneeling. ~Rumi   May all I say and all I think be in harmony with thee,… Continue Reading “Spring poetry and prayer”

hike to Mt. Pisgah

lessons learned: generosity and locked doors

On Saturday, my daughter and I decided to take the day off of housecleaning and homework and set out to hike Craggy Pinnacle.  I’d not taken her on this trail since she was a baby, and as I noted the other day, it was… Continue Reading “lessons learned: generosity and locked doors”

lesson learned from a spider web

Several weeks ago, I decided to go for a drive up on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was delightful to have time all to myself, explore what I wanted to explore and take paths less traveled.  Although it was hot and humid in the… Continue Reading “lesson learned from a spider web”

here is calm so deep

Here is calm so deep, grasses cease waving. . . . Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but… Continue Reading “here is calm so deep”

a Sioux prayer for the journey

You, O God, are the Lord of the mountains and the valleys. As I travel over mountains and through valleys, I am beneath your feet. You surround me with every kind of creature. . . Open my eyes to see their beauty, that I… Continue Reading “a Sioux prayer for the journey”

nature’s images of hope

Hope doesn’t have to come in the form of a miracle to fill us with wonder and faith.  ~cameron

my autumn mountains

goin’ on a ride

Yesterday, after spending several hours cleaning out flower beds and planting cover crops, I decided that I was goin’ on a ride.  The sun’s golden light still dripped from the autumn leaves, and the temperature bordered on sweater weather.  Perfect! When I was a… Continue Reading “goin’ on a ride”

morning rolls in

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~Marcus Aurelius I live in the mountains of North Carolina which affords me the opportunity to witness glowing sunrises and… Continue Reading “morning rolls in”

climb the mountains

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of… Continue Reading “climb the mountains”