Our family has been parishioners at St. Mary's since our oldest was born twenty years ago. Slowing down in 2020 helped me to realize how much I have always been comforted by nature. As a child I preferred to be outside running through forests or playing at a nearby beach. When my children were young we spent the best parts of our day outside at parks, zoos, nature centers, and beaches. 2020 has provided me lots of time outside reflecting in nature; walking, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and sailing. I have rediscovered comfort in nature and I most definitely feel God's Presence when I am outside.
These cherry trees greet me each time I walk my dog Murphy. This photo was taken during Holy Week. At that time our family had not yet begun to understand how long the COVID-19 global pandemic would impact change in our daily lives. During our early weeks at home together I felt like time was standing still. I spent many hours outside walking Murphy. During each walk new blooms caught my eye and nature reminded me life doesn't stand still. As I reflect back on the past ten months I am grateful each day for new life at home with my family and humbled that the changes we have faced have not felt like sacrifices but more like opportunities. Each day I continue to be surprised by the beauty of nature around me and the abundance of light in my life.