Senior Spotlight for April 28, 2014 | CraigDailyPress.com

Senior Spotlight for April 28, 2014

Mary Jo Brown/For the Craig Daily Press

Mary Jo Brown

On Easter morning my daughter, Jane, and I headed to Grand Junction to pick up my great-granddaughter, who was returning from a trip to New Mexico. As we left the city limits of Craig the day grew warmer and the blue skies were in full view.

Now and then a group of clouds would appear in all their snowy white splendor. I like to see what forms I can make out of the clouds as they pass by and this time I saw a bear lying down enjoying a ride across the sky.

My attention was drawn to the landscape that was passing by. The view was spectacular and there was evidence of the rejuvenation that spring was bringing.

There were all different shades of green amid the darker shades of bare land and sagebrush, willows, the rush of the river as it swelled with winter runoff, and it all brought to me a calmness and serenity. The awareness of an almost sacred space and time, mile after mile of scenic wonder, seeing the beauty of the gardens with their blooming flowers, trees also in bloom, green meadows, it was a continuous joy.

Grand Junction was also in its own beautiful splendor, the trees blooming in all shades of white, pink and purple. The day was perfect — everything just seemed to feel right, even the grove of trees at the veteran's cemetery where we went to place flowers on my husband's grave seemed to be in full bloom giving off a beautiful scent. Basking in the sunshine and quiet helped me to realize the treasure and spiritual replenishment of a perfect solitary hour and how almost anything becomes an increasing joy.

I believe that whatever we are waiting for, be it a peace of mind, grace or some type of contentment, will surely come but only when we are ready to receive it with an open mind and a grateful heart. I have traveled that route many times and hadn't experienced such a realization of the surrounding beauty as much as I did this time and the treasure of it all.

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Being raised in mountain country I am used to seeing beauty in my surroundings but this day seemed as if it was specifically meant for me to be there at that point of time. A perfect Easter with God's grace shining all around making a very special memory for me to add to my tapestry of life.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Larry Keller, Daylene Beldon and Maddelyn Ganskow.

Moffat County Active Seniors, formerly known as AARP group, will meet at 2 p.m. April 28 at Sunset Meadows I in the dining room.

For more information call 970-824-0594. Everyone is welcome and a representative of the Senior Center will speak.

Free hot lunch for the public and sponsored by local churches is at St. Michael Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and at 4 p.m. Thursdays.