11 April 2015

Fresh Greens - Missoula, Montana

"By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. 
The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green.
The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet."- Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk (1915-1968)

09 April 2015

Fuzzy Crocus - Missoula, Montana

"When the winds of March are wakening
the crocuses and crickets,
Did you ever find a fairy
Near some budding little thickets,...
And when she sees you creeping
up to get a closer peek,
She tumbles through the daffodils,
a-playing hide and seek..."- Marjorie Barrows (1892-1983)

08 April 2015

Springing Closer - Missoula, Montana

"Here and there even in our world, and now and then, even in ourselves, we catch glimpses of a New Creation, which, fleeting as those glimpses are apt to be, give us hope both for this life and for whatever life may await us later on." - Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

06 April 2015

Springing - Missoula, Montana

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” - Frederick BuechnerNow and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

05 April 2015

Easter Joy - Missoula, Montana

Easter morning, for most of my adult life, included a phone call to my grandma to exchange the Paschal Greeting she taught me, this being some of the few words of Ukrainian I still remember. (Other key phrases in my repertoire are standard in every traveler guidebook, I'm sure: 'You're gonna get in trouble!' and 'He/She is crazy', this last having a literal translation along lines of being beat about the head with a sack too much.)

While my life is blessed by loving family who share the thankfulness of all that Easter means, I shall forever miss my grandma's voice across the miles:

Христос воскрес! Воістину воскрес!

(Pronounced:Khrystos voskres! Voyistynu voskres!
Translated: "Christ is risen!" / "He is risen, Indeed!")

But what a beautiful thing to miss.