Happy Easter to all of my blogging friends
who celebrate this most important
of Christian holy days.
To me Easter has always meant joy, hope, and renewal.
I look around, and I see
my world bursting with new life.
I feel renewed, and I experience great joy and hope.
I remember that many religions celebrate spring
and honor the Spirit of the Creator.
It is a season of celebrating the renewal of Spiritual promises.
On this special day,
my hope is that humankind
will honor our similarities as human beings
and respect our differences
with understanding and compassion.
I am fortunate to walk in a prairie world
where I feel connected to the land and its living things.
I feel the presence of the native people
who lived in this area before me.
I respect their reverence for the Earth and all its inhabitants.
At this Easter time I hope people around the world
will strive for peace and understanding
and care for our beautiful planet
which we share with so many amazing living things.
I took these photographs several weeks ago,
but I saved them for Easter morning.
To Native Americans, a white deer is a symbol of spirit
and its presence is to remind us of our spirituality.
This Easter morning I am thinking
of a favorite quote of mine
attributed to Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe
in the western state of Washington.
The controversy over
the historical accuracy of these words
does not diminish their meaning:
Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
~ Chief Seattle, 1854 ~
We are all bound together.
As we renew ourselves in this spiritual season
according to our faiths and traditions,
I hope we also remember and honor
our common humanity
and our connection to the Earth
and its living web.
Peace be with you!