25 April 2017

Story Bloom - Missoula, Montana

"I hope you will go out 
 and let stories happen to you, 
and that you will work them, 
 water them with your blood 
and tears 
 and your laughter 
till they bloom, 
 till you yourself burst into bloom."

24 April 2017

Spring Signposts - Missoula, Montana

"...Already in glimpses of the tarnish'd sky
The sun is warm and beckons to the larch...
A million buds but stay their blossoming;
And trustful birds have built their nests amid
The shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing
Till one soft shower from the south shall bid,
And hither tempt the pilgrim steps of spring...."

- from While yet we wait for spring, and from the dry

by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 - 1930)

23 April 2017

Sanctuary And Silence - Paradise, Montana

"Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence within us...Not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. 
We are all hungry for this other silence. 
It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. 
Silence is a place of great power and healing. 
Silence is God’s lap.”"

- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., from My Grandfather’s Blessings

22 April 2017

Morning At Camp Bighorn - Paradise, Montana

Having a great time at big girl camp!
The people at Camp Bighorn are amazing - they provide hot showers - a good thing with a group of 40 women! And you can watch the train running just across the river.
Oh, and coffee is available 24/7. 
Go to the light...!

(& I'm sure it can't hurt to be just down the road from Paradise!)

18 April 2017

Super-Size Me - Missoula, Montana

"Last month at church, she had embarrassed herself half to death. 
The correct quote was, "I am a vessel for God's love, " but she had read out loud in front of the entire congregation, " I am a weasel for God's love." 
Earle had said that no one had noticed, but of course, they had." 

- Fannie Flagg, in The All-Girl's Filling Station's Last Reunion


Truth be told, I've been hoarding this quote for about a year, awaiting just the right "vessel" photo pairing.  Finally, I decided these tanker cars are a fitting match; not just because I'm tired of waiting and I love the train lines from this overpass view, but also because it's entirely fitting to aspire to be an industrial-sized transporter of God's love.(Right?!)

Perhaps a little stretch - "I'm a tanker car for Jesus" evokes a slightly different charm than "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam"... but it works - particularly for Thomas the Train fans!  
Just keep it on the rails and away from incendiary situations.

16 April 2017

Easter Light - Missoula, Montana

"And on the day that You arose,

darkness ran for cover..."

- from lyrics to "Worthy Of Your Name" written by Brenton Brown, Brett Younker, Sean Curran

Happy Easter. 

Join us for church here in East Missoula via livestream (or come back later to jump in at your leisure!)

14 April 2017

Good Friday Lily - Missoula, Montana

"...Beyond the pain, beyond the broken clay,
A glimmering country lies
Where life is being wise,
All of the beauty seen by truthful eyes
Are lilies there, growing beside the way...

- from Good Friday, A Dramatic Poem, by John Masefield (1878-1967), published in Good Friday and Other Poems 

If you're looking for a Good Friday service, click here for River of Life's online Good Friday gathering - right now, right where you are!