Apr 20, 2012

5 Things I Miss About Ireland

1. Green. Need I say more? It's pretty green right now in Ohio, but not this green! The color of the grass lifts your spirits, and it's everywhere from the middle of the city of Dublin to the sheep pastures, to the edges of the shoreline.

2. Ruins. Castles, monasteries, wells, high crosses, stones of all sorts really... I'm a history buff and ancients things interest me. Sure, we have ancient things in Ohio, but I've already seen most of them. How long would it take to see all the high crosses in Ireland, I wonder...

3. Cathedrals. Yeah, for the history, but also because they are so magnificent, even the smaller ones. And I know for sure I haven't seen most of them yet, so I NEED to go back and visit more.

4. The museums. Mostly FREE! I would love to spend many more hours in Ireland's museums, both in the North and in the Republic. Definitely on my next to-see list.

5. The towns. We have small towns in Ohio, of course, and I love those. But visiting a small midwestern American town is not quite the same experience as stopping in at a small town Irish pub, buying snacks at a teeny, wee grocery store (shop, I guess it would be), and circling around trying to find a car park where you won't get a ticket...and just looking around. I'm going to cheat a little and add the people to this. They live in the towns, so...We have some friends there and of course we miss them, but we also miss the friendliness you can count on most anywhere you go.

No, in case you're wondering, there are not ONLY five things I miss about Ireland. There are more. I'll have to share a list again, if you're interested! What about you? What do you miss? If you've never been, what do would you most like to see in Ireland? I bet our lists cross.

Apr 4, 2012

An Original Voice

I've shared this young lady's original Celtic-style music from YouTube before. I just found this one with a spring/Easter theme and thought you might enjoy it. All I know is her name is Connie and she lives in Canada. What do you think?

Apr 3, 2012

Where I Am Going, You Cannot Follow

The Last Supper
Photo by Eric Coulston

Simon Peter asked him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus replied, "Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later." (John 13:36 NIV)

This passage comes from The Last Supper, and seeing that this is Holy Week, it was part of my devotional. And it's the part that made me think today of the Celtic pilgrims who set out on a journey, not to reach a destination (sometimes they went out in a rudderless boat!) but to find God along the way.

ireland 485
Photo by Rowan

I think like Peter we want to follow, but as Jesus told him later in that passage, he would deny him. It's hard to follow. Really hard. And besides, we cannot follow Jesus all the way to heaven, not right now anyway.

At least--to pray--is left--is left--
Oh, Jesus--in the Air--
I know not which thy chamber is--
I'm knocking--everywhere--
~Emily Dickinson

Of course we know the rest of the story. Jesus is resurrected. And that's the Good News!

But I also think it's important to consider this time and the events of Holy Week, and the fact that we "cannot follow now."

God does give us glimpses. Hope. Little bits of joy. The character in the book I'm currently working on (her name is Grace) constantly reaches for the little bits of beauty she can find in this unfair, and sometimes dismal world. Like a trail of breadcrumbs.

Following...doing our best...trusting...