Monday morning meanderings. Vol.31
Fort McDowell, Arizona
What a beautiful weekend. I am almost embarrassed to say how nice it was, considering the NW is having it’s usual fare and closing ski resorts because of too much snow. Some places have gotten as much as 10 feet in less than a week. I love to ski and love the snow but learning to really love 75 degrees and clear blue skies.
Item one. Sedona, Arizona. Bill and Leslee took us north of Phoenix on Friday to visit the little mountain town of Sedona. Beautiful red rocks, green juniper trees, cacti all blend together for a beautiful setting. Sedona describes itself as a spiritual mecca and global power spot (that)has drawn some of the most amazing healers, intuitives, artists and spiritual guides now on the planet. Lots of crystal sellers and other New Age stuff around and they make a big deal about the vortex(s) that you can find in the area. A vortex, you may wonder, is a place where all these renowned spots of heightened spiritual and metaphysical energy can be found. Should you desire a map of these energetic spots you can find it here.
We went there with a primary plan of visiting a beautiful Catholic church built into one of the red rock facings in the area. It was the highlight of the trip and well worth the time and the short walk to view it and worship in it. Take a couple of minutes and look at the pictures here. Frankly, I think it stands as a symbol of the power of the cross over any other spiritual power purported to be in the area. Fun day with Bill and Leslee.
Item two. Since we are not able to be with our children and grand children as much as we would like we have been trying to think of ways to connect, on regular basis with the little boys, especially. So we came up with the idea of a blog featuring our Cairn Terrier, Jake who will interact with the boys and keep their Poppa and Nanny in their lives a little more. We have only posted twice but it is going to be fun and will feature Jake’s view of our life, travels and the things we see. If you want to check it out you can find it here.
Item three. Our “neighbors” here in the park are here from the Chicago area and the east coast somewhere and are very friendly people as many are in places like this. Something about this lifestyle invites people to interact differently than in neighborhoods where there are garages and fences to block interaction. Last Tuesday night (Super Tuesday) they invited us over for (I’m serious) a class of wine and to watch the election returns! The intros went something like this: ”I’m Gary” and “I’m Glen and when I introduced myself with an “I’m Greg, one of the women said “oh how fun, the three “G’s“! For those of you who know some of my history, you understand the irony of all that. We must have had fun since they invited us to dinner last night.
Item four. Tomorrow I am going with some of the guys from Trinity, one of the young pastor’s from here and Todd Pierce to the Pastor’s School at Phoenix First Assembly. One of our guys, Cody Custer has a relationship with this church and Todd will be doing a demonstration tomorrow breaking a horse. Not sure what all that will look like but somewhere during the time we will have an opportunity to present out Spiritual Life and Rodeo Mentorship School to this large group of pastors and leaders. It should be interesting. We have a new website for the school, as just put up over the weekend, and while it is very sparse and there is more work to do on it, it will be really helpful as we begin to market the school outside western Oklahoma. I still find it hard to see myself doing the things I am doing.
Item five. I think of myself as a “word guy” because I like words and enjoy writing and speaking them so I found the Nouwen devotional today a good reminder of the power of words: Words, words, words. Our society is full of words: on billboards, on television screens, in newspapers and books. Words whispered, shouted, and sung. Words that move, dance, and change in size and color. Words that say, “Taste me, smell me, eat me, drink me, sleep with me,” but most of all, “buy me.” With so many words around us, we quickly say: “Well, they’re just words.” Thus, words have lost much of their power. Still, the word has the power to create. When God speaks, God creates. When God says, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), light is. God speaks light. For God, speaking and creating are the same. It is this creative power of the word we need to reclaim. What we say is very important. When we say, “I love you,” and say it from the heart, we can give another person new life, new hope, new courage. When we say, “I hate you,” we can destroy another person. Let’s watch our words.
Thanks for reading my words and enjoy your week, wherever you are.
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