My steaming cup of fresh brewed coffee begins to awaken me as I gaze out the window of my living room in Oregon. Sunlight brightens a blue morning sky and spills down over the valley, bringing life to the tall evergreens and farms that dot the rolling landscape. I can see the coastal mountains at the end of the horizon, standing like guardians over the great Pacific Ocean beyond.
Today is Easter! No, I’m not standing in rainy St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis administers blessings over the crowd, followed by waves from his popemobile as the driver makes his way through the square. But in my mind’s eye I can envision it all. When Pope Benedict was announced as the new Pope, I was there.
My thoughts gather around another Easter years ago, when I happened to be in Greece while Easter was being celebrated in Italy. Afterwards, I took a ferry-boat to Italy. A few days later Easter was being celebrated in Greece! So I can honestly say that I ‘missed’ Easter that year. Read my post Our ‘Passed-Over’ Easter.
Today I am happy to be celebrating at home while I plan for my next exciting adventure to Italy. I think about all of you, scattered around different parts of the world. I am thankful for each one of you. I hope that your Easter day is, was or will be a time of renewal, a time to be grateful, and a time to enjoy those around you. No matter where you are, it is a day to be cherished.
Easter Blessings, everyone!