As I write, everything is getting drenched by the heavy rain. All the dogs that normally stroll the streets have hunkered down in the nearest dry spots they can find. They have that look of meek surrender to overwhelming odds. Eve troughs are overflowing and the water pours out like a fully open kitchen faucet. The streets are lined both sides by small rivers. The sound forces you to speak up when greeting folks. It’s quite magical as I walk the streets.
All this precipitation is causing plenty of growth. The mountains are turning green, the farms and gardens are sprouting, the flowers are blooming, the grass is getting tall and the earth is turning to mud. Nobody’s complaining. This is what people have been waiting for since last April.
Father David’s courtyard is responding to all the moister with new flowers. Here’s a photo of the entire courtyard.Now a closer look at the flowers together. (click the images to enlarge it)The photo above shows two sets of flowers. The next photo is a close up of the flowers in the background.Next is an overhead shot of the small flowers in the foreground and the base of the plant.And now the close up of the small flowers.
Speaking of flowers – last Sunday a lady came to church with flowers in her hair. I thought they were just plastic ornamental flowers, but they were unusual and beautiful, so I told her how lovely they looked. She took them out of her hair and gave them to me. Turns out they are real and freshly picked. So, I brought them home and put them in a small glass with water and took these pictures of them.I wonder if anyone knows what these flowers are called.
The mountains are getting greener so this Sunday I took these pictures of them.Aside from the weather, I’ve been working all week on the wood cubes – only this week I realized I haven’t taken any pictures of me working yet – so finally I took some. I’m working in Father David’s garage sanding the cubes and cutting out the bases. Here’s a shot of me at work sanding.See all the black bags to my left (just right of me in the photo) – that’s all the cubes that need sanding. There are about 15 bags with 130 cubes per bag or about another 1950 cubes to sand. The cubes in front on the table are done and the cubes closer to the sander need to be sanded. Here’s a closer look.And here’s a photo showing the difference between a rough cube and a sanded cube.Notice the nice patterns in the wood? I took another couple of photos of the cubes with cool colors and patterns.It’s almost a shame to paint them!
There’s another donation I want to show you – the trailer for the quads that came in the last container load from Hermiston, Oregon. Here you can see it attached to our white quad (which also came from Hermistom) and my good buddy Elvis.The cool thing about this trailer – it can dump the load just by removing a pin underneath and tipping it back.See the long metal piece that attaches to the quad – it can also be removed so that the trailer turns into a large wheel barrow. How cool is that!
This week, Father David returned from his vacation, visiting his Mom & Dad in U.S.A. Chuck & Joanne Johnson (Father David’s parents) live near Salmon Arm but are snowbirds – they fly to warmer climate in the winter. It’s sure good to have Father David back. We enjoyed celebrating mass this Sunday with our beloved Padre. We even handed out gifts after mass.This Sunday was the seventh week in ordinary time and our Gospel is from Mark 2 when Jesus heals a paralyzed man. Jesus is in Capernaum where so many people came together that the men, who brought the paralyzed man to see Jesus, couldn’t get through the door, so they cut a hole in the roof above Jesus. They lowered the paralyzed man lying on his mat, and Jesus – seeing how much faith they had – said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
But, some of the teachers of the Law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “How does He dare to talk like this? This is blasphemy! God is the only one who can forgive sins!” At once Jesus knew what they were thinking, so He said to them, “Why do you think such things? Is it easier to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? I will prove to you, then, that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, pick up your mat and go home!”
While they all watched, the man got up, picked up his mat, and hurried away. They were all completely amazed and praised God saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Jesus knows what we are thinking – all of us – not just those teachers of the Law. Jesus knew us before we were born and He knows our hopes, dreams, desires and pains. He doesn’t judge us – yet, but he knows how to guide us and better our hopes, dreams, desires and pains. He knows us so well because He is our Father!