I just barely got this picture of Sandhill Crane before it flew out of sight. Can you see him? Edging on an eight foot wingspan. Look just along the center of the river just off a low hanging branch of the trees on the left. Cranes have often said to be the ones who bring human babies home. A sign of life. I love it. This is very near the hermitage.
Meanwhile, a sign of death, within a stone’s throw of the hermitage: a funnel mushroom of the kind that can contain deadly levels of muscarine.
So, this gets me thinking about life and death. Yikes. So…
In the funeral liturgy, for the Preface at Holy Mass, there is a most wonderful statement about life and death: “Life is changed, not ended.” Jesus brings life out of death.