This morning I meant to wake up in time for sunrise Easter service. A solid rain fell on a cool day. The contrast from the warm recent days was both curious and welcome. But I woke at 8 a.m., a bit late for the services at the local churches. I listened to some music and also sent some emails about some paperwork.
I went instead to an 11 a.m. service at Suncreek UMC. A seat on a pew at the very back wall of the church suited me to a "T". The sermon touched on the closing words of the Gospel of Mark. This understated resurrection scene has three women discover that the stone has been rolled from the tomb, a young man tells them of the resurrection,and then they leave "in terror and amazement" and tell no-one. The unfinished feel of these concluding paragraphs appeals to me.
In the afternoon, I stopped by Bethany Lakes Park, where the ponds were joyously filled to over-flowing. I stopped to watch a Northern Rough-Winged Swallow flying over a pond. I took its picture when it stopped on a small sapling tree which was partially submerged. I also briefly stopped by Russell Creek Park and Allen Station Park.
I took Beatrice for an afternoon walk. She loved it. I also watched some games in the US Chess Championship and watched an interview or two. Live chess is as satisfying as live sports, with a good bit less hype and chess computers offering precisely calculated "play by play".
Tonight my wife made oven-fried chicken,and we are now watching an episode of "Call the Midwife".