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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lenten Mercy-Meditation: The Great Crane Migration

My sister sent an email the other day that might cheer us all - a bit of good news, joy and encouragement in difficult times. The Crane Trust video which follows is a wonder!

"I am on the Platte River in Nebraska during the spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes. I have been told there are 500,000 cranes here this time of year as they are on their way from the deep south up to Alaska, Canada and even Siberia, where they will raise new families through the spring and summer. These cranes can live to be 25 years old. Last night we watched them come in from every direction to land on the river which was back-lit by brilliant golden-orange, long passed sunset. The half moon lit their wings as they flew directly over us. I felt myself to be a speck, a blade of grass in the vastness of creation and an immeasurable gratitude.  

This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. I can't begin to describe how happy I feel being in all this beauty. The river is so clean and we can smell its sweetness in the air and on our hands. The sky is a 360 degree cloud-ballet everywhere you look, and the sky, full of cranes, is like being in a Chinese painting."


  1. It's a beautiful thing when someone appreciates the wonders of nature. Thanks to your sister for sharing her thoughts.

  2. To think of half a million crane passing through the area is awe inspiring. It is clear to me that one might indeed feel to be a speck on the landscape. Just as the earth is a speck within the universe.

  3. Seeing this video makes me want to go back in time and live my life in a more inspired way and free like these wondrous creatures who know where they are supposed to be. I wasted much of my life cloaked in lies to pretend I was something I was not. And now I am happy to be free, but I resent the time I wasted to come out and just be me. The natural world doesn't do this. They are free to be. These cranes inspire me to help others to find their way as they are supposed to, not as others think they should be. It might just be the most heart stirring post I have read to date. Easter Blessings to you and your sister Father Stephen.

  4. Being in nature is a blessing that helps me to remember my freedom, and to appreciate my life, no matter what. There's no judgement in nature, it gives and receives all. I hope you can take the trip to see the crane migration next year Randy. The world is full of extraordinary wonders like this.
    Easter blessings,
    Karen Morris