25 August 2010

The Word on Wednesday

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth,
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
He shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth,
and even for evermore.
Psalms 121 KJV
May the LORD who made heaven and earth fill you with His presence this week.
Photo: coast range and foothills
Note: this has been my favorite Bible chapter since I was a teenager.

24 August 2010

A Mountain Retreat for the Soul

I needed to get up into the mountains of the NW again-
I knew it
To be among the tall trees of the forests
and the ferns and wildflowers there
To breathe in the peace that is found on the mountainside,
in a world far away from the noises of daily life
To listen, instead, to the restful sounds of nature
to feel my heart and spirit soar and yet be soothed
as the road would lead us upwards
To see the birds of the air
flying above the hillside
To see, too, the creatures of the meadows.

To leave my burdens behind --
to allow myself to be renewed in body, mind and spirit.
To remember, again,
that it is from the Maker of heaven and earth that my help comes from.
to be in awe, again,
at the handiwork of His hands--
The hands that created this garden--
the garden of mountains,
So I listened to the longing of my heart,
the call of my soul
and this past weekend my DH and I traveled up that winding road to those mountains.
And my heart again smiled
because I remembered.
Where do you go when your soul longs for a time of refreshment?
A time of renewal?
Photos: coast range

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