The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. From Psalm 16
Tuesday night, fresh off a flight from California: this Cup will be more of a demitasse.
I just spent five days with my oldest child, who lives in San Francisco. It being the week after Easter Sunday, my desire was to disconnect my frayed ties to the many things that worry, sadden, or cause me crazy stress. My hope was to welcome resurrection in my life and really feel joy. No, more than a hope, I clung to Easter.
On Friday, my daughter and I drove through to the very green top of Mount Tamalpais, the highest point in the Marin headlands. It could not have been a clearer, brighter day, and we could see across the bay to Oakland and down the coast to Pacifica. Wild turkeys strutted around to entertain us. Oh, what beauty is to be seen in this "thin place!" We went on the Bolinas lagoon, where harbor seals and their very new pups had hauled out to rest on the sandbars at low tide. The older pups were being taught to swim with the seal mamas. Wildflowers around he lagoon were glorious from all the recent rain. New life, everywhere we looked.
The five days with the daughter I have known and loved for almost 49 years were full of old memories and new insights. God continues to enrich and create deeper love and understanding through hearts opened by grace.
Perhaps you and I often refuse to allow the stones to be rolled away from that which binds us to old, dark places. When we welcome Easter into our lives, the light and beauty of God’s continuing creation is almost blinding. Life, beauty, relationships, promise, peace, hope. My prayer is that what my Easter eyes have seen and my Easter heart has felt will stay with me.
I pray that the stones have been rolled away in your life, as well, so we may see anew through Easter eyes. What are you seeing?