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Delight in nature

By Father Mark Pfeiffer
Mother of Sorrows/St. Mary’s Catholic Church

I receive terrific delight just going out my back door seeing nature. Often there is a little garden finch up in the pine tree serenading the world with its melodious song. Those lovely little birds have the ability to lift our spirits, lighten our moods, bringing brightness to my soul.
We see geese and red-tailed hawks and migrating birds passing through our prairie. These lovely creatures of God depict a freedom of flight, soaring magnificently.
People, like ourselves, have ways of placing constraints upon our freedom. We limit ourselves all the time. We reflect upon painful memories, or a broken heart, or a broken dream.
Maybe we limit our freedom through some addiction or habit or anger we keep replaying. We see those constrained through depression or destructive thoughts having held us in.
The good news is we don’t need to stay limited by the forces taking our freedom. Psalm 40 says, “The Lord turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, the mud and mire. He set my feet on solid rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song inside my mouth.”
Jesus is One who continues to set us free today from all the sin limiting our freedom. The mercy of Jesus is what the world most needs, being freed–freed from sin, all so we may experience a peace of heart in Christ.
Our human spirit longs to soar, to fly in freedom. Our Savior, Jesus, came to do this for you and me. Christ came to die for our darkness, our sin, removing self-imposed limitations depleting our freedom and promise through life.
We seek the mercy of Jesus to heal us of our falls, the light and the promise returns to our spirit, our soul, renewing life in us again. Our spirit soars.
I see people who have confessed their sins, presenting them into the hands of our Savior. It is all as if one hundred pounds has been lifted from their shoulders. The pain is removed because our Savior has set us free again. The dark feelings and the force keeping us in darkness are replaced by the light and the life of Jesus regenerating true peace.
We may come to receive the mercy, the forgiveness of Jesus time after time. The power of our Savior through the cross and resurrection continues to set us free. We learn to seek the mercy of the Lord, finding peace of heart.