Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sabbath Moments By the Falls

It has been awhile since I have joined friend and fellow blogger, Colleen for her Saturday meme Sabbath Moments. Since I have a rare Saturday off for the holiday weekend, I thought I would return for a visit. You can join Colleen each Saturday over at her blog Thoughts on Grace and share those moments when you have experienced God in the stillness.

Everyone should have a favorite spot in nature where you can sit awhile and enjoy God in His creation. Well this is mine.
It is a little corner of Rahway Park where the river leads to this mini waterfall. I love to come here and sit on the rocks. It is a great place to say rosary, read a book or just sit and listen to the roar of the water while contemplating God and His beautiful creation.

I ventured down to the falls two days after hurricane Irene. On Sunday when the storm hit, the river rose, covered the falls and then proceeded to rise and cover the bridge and roadway. This sacred spot is a five minute walk from my parish church, so on Tuesday after 7am Mass, I decided to take advantage of the cool, clear morning and walk there to see if I could get some pictures.
The waters had receded enough for me to sit for awhile and get some pictures. A duck or two even stayed long enough for me to get a picture while he primped his feathers.

It was hard to believe that only two days earlier this spot was impassable. The river was now calm and shone like glass reflecting the nearby trees. The falls still roared but now you could see them.
I live in a busy suburban town, but this little spot is God's gift to me and other residents away from all the noise and busyness.
Another fun fact about this spot~one of our priests says a sunrise Mass here every Easter Sunday.
 I thank God for this spot and the time I get to spend here with Him.


mary333 said...

Beautiful pictures! It must be nice to have a place like this to retreat to when it feels as if the noise of the world is too loud. I wish I could find a quiet, peaceful place like the river in your pictures to pray, read, and most of all...relax.

Colleen said...

Karinann, thank you for joining me this week!
Love the pictures. They bring me peace just looking at them on the computer, I can only imagine what it feels like to be there. How wonderful that you have a place like this so near your church. A beautiful sabbath moment.
Thank you for sharing! Hugs and blessngs!

Karinann said...

Thanks Mary and Colleen. Yes I am truly blessed to have this little spot to enjoy.

Barbara Schoeneberger said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures. It looks like a lovely place to go to get away from the noise and bustle of daily life.

Karinann said...

It sure is Barbara. Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.