Into the woods

Going to Los Azufres is like going home to central PA. The only thing missing is all our Stone Church friends!

Though I never saw geothermal power plants in Pennsylvania. Thanks to an inactive volcano there are geysers to harvest and hot springs to enjoy.

With dogs, we prefer to simply stroll and share air with the trees.

I will always thank mountains for breaking the rules as we travel through clouds, like when we hike up our hillsides on the right sort of misty, moody day.

Advent turns us to this passage from Luke: As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” –Luke 3:4-6

Any day we leave El Terreno on wheels I wish the rough ways be made smooth. It’s a minor physical assault each trip. Yet each time we leave El Terreno on foot I delight at the valleys, mountains, hills, and all crookedness.

This Advent season may I take responsibility for my travels and rejoice in the complex creation we’re passing through.


Beth November 24, 1974

Thank you for this meditation. I appreciate the idea of being thankful for crookedness.

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