Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happyaq Easteraq

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.  It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown. 
~Author unknown, as quoted in the Lewiston Tribune

"Good Morning Quinhagak!" He begins the morning salutations over the VHF.  He was answered by 2 or 3 greetings.  Yep I was up early today for the Easter Sunrise Service, pulled on the Xtra Tuffs (snow's been steadily melting these last few days with the rain and everything is soaked) slipped into the army issued parka (my favorite piece of all weather attire;) I plodded out the door.
Spring Thaw 2011 The Flooding Begins
It's still dark at 6:15 am today.  I hook up Mutt and Jeff to their respective sets of steps then set out in the direction from which the bell tolls.  As one foot steps in front of the other, I'm there again,  transported to my first morning in Quinhagak.  It was a Sunday, it was raining then too.  I had been begging God the whole day and night before to just let me get back on one of those tin cans with wings they call planes and go home to my family.  My eyes were red from tears, my stomach sick with the unknown, I stood surrounded by unfamiliar faces.  I had followed the bell that day too. The bell which hangs just outside the church in a little building that could look like a really tall outhouse.  The bell that is rang before every church gathering.  An invitation to us all here in Quin, Come to Church Quinhagak! Jesus loves you:) Crunch, splosh, splish, crunch I splash through the snowy slush toward the road and smile at the thought then offer up a quyana to the Lord for somehow keeping me put, back then in spite of myself.  I can see the dark sky starting to glow a lighter shade of blue toward Eek mountain. This place, this road, this walk to the has all become home to me. 
A New Lake by the Old Store
I follow Carrie and Elena in, John is holding the door.   There are a handful of people scattered among the last 5 pews (nobody really cares to voluntarily sit front and center). I slide in next to Pauline smile and whisper "Happy Easter!"  She nods and grins.  Jerilyn and Karen walk past and sit in the pew ahead of us. We smile at each other and mouth "Hi!"   They are up early too, we all took maqii last night at Liz's... a super hot one, so by all rights we should still be sawing logs.  I'm there again almost standing outside myself looking at the deja vue scenario.  But this time my eyes are red from last night's hot steam.  This time I stand surrounded by familiar faces of my friends.  This time my stomach is sick at the realization that This Time of my life is very quickly drawing to an end.  In less than one month, I will say good bye to my home in Quinhagak, Alaska and I'm not ready.  I'm more scared and nervous to leave this place than I ever was to come here. But these are the journeys that we travel.  Unknown, new, different, change everything that is awaiting me on the other side of May 20th, 2011.  That's my take off date.  Booked the tickets for all of us...Ani, Tak, and myself.  I wish life had a set of brakes.  I spent last week trying to squeeze in as many interviews in Anchorage as I could.  I'm praying for the right job well actually any job at this point.  Again I find myself at the 'flying through the air having to let go of one trapeze bar in order to grab the other' phase right now.  Unsure if (a) there will even be another bar to grab and (b) if I can get a good enough grip to hang on!  Ahhh, but all too well we know these circus events are the same ones that God uses to stretch us, strengthen our faith, increase our obedience.  And so at this moment I'm sailing through the air in a free fly...having to let go of one to reach the other. The blessing in all this?  I'm taking everyone with me.  Quinhagak has taken up permanent residence my heart, property has been staked and it is coming with. Isn't it amazing how much love we can have in our hearts?  I don't think there's a maximum capacity and that is a beautiful thing.  Anyway we sang a few Yupik hymns, Pastor Chingliak shared the liturgy, we bundled up and made the annual symbolic Easter walk to the grave yard.  Then as the sun began to crawl over the mountains masked by the rain clouds, and facing the dozens of painted white wooden crosses jutting out of the mounded graves every which way, we huddled up, sang a few more hymns, and Pastor Chingliak completed the liturgy.   Turning to leave we greet each other with a handshake or a hug "Happy Easter".  As we walk back along the road to the church I feel sad that this time will be over.  Then God reminds me "What is dead will be made alive."  I get it.  This Time may never be again this side of heaven but what do I know of the next place...  Maybe on our way to heaven God will let me walk with my friends in Quinhagak like we did this morning...who knows;)  God knows:)  Happy Easter Everyone.  Hallelujah Christ is Risen!

Running Karen and I started our running regiment again this week since the spring weather is cooperating.  What's new?  We've temporarily added climbing.  Taking advantage of the remaining piles of snow heaped into a miniature mountain range by new housing, we 'climb' them. 
This was not here last week!
Snow Pile Islands
Packing My goal was to get at least half my 'stuff' packed up this weekend.  Sending it on to Anchor Town this week.  I have noticed that've packed a few things I would like not to be packed but I do not have the energy to unpack and repack so I will be going without.

Walking the "Puppy!"
Distributing the kid's playroom (aka spare bedroom aka Mike's room) is totally empty.  This weekend when they knocked on the door, "Can we visit?"  My response was "As long as you take a minimum of 5 things with you when you leave." The room was cleared out in no time.  Word travels fast around here:)

Hunting everyone has been out bird hunting.  Jeremy showed up at my door with a swan that was bigger than him.  "The birds are back!" he announced with the white feathered proof slung over his back.  Yep spring time is trying to pry its way back into the tundra folks. 
The Flying V Returns

Ali and Einer

Principal Eric in the Alaskan Tuxedo and Addy
Dennis and Les
Me and Alicia
Allison, Steph, Big Jon & Ali
Marsha and Dennis are hosting the annual Easter dinner at their house this afternoon.  Always a fun time.   Where ever you might be out there in this world, "Have a Blessed Easter."

Shout Out To: Meg and Cheri!  Thank you for generous donation of beautiful dresses sent up to add to our collection for this year's Prom 2011!  The girls will love them Quyana:)

Sunset on the the Bering Sea

At noon the sky turned dark and stayed that way until three o'clock. Then about that time Jesus shouted, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you deserted me?" Some of the people standing there heard Jesus and said, "He's calling for Elijah." One of them at once ran and grabbed a sponge. He soaked it in wine, then put it on a stick and held it up to Jesus. Others said, "Wait! Let's see if Elijah will come and save him." Once again Jesus shouted, and then he died. At once the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, and rocks split apart. Graves opened, and many of God's people were raised to life. Then after Jesus had risen to life, they came out of their graves and went into the holy city, where they were seen by many people. The officer and the soldiers guarding Jesus felt the earthquake and saw everything else that happened. They were frightened and said, "This man really was God's Son!" 
Matthew 45-54

1 comment:

  1. hey Kid Just saw that you have another great adventure coming up. I think that God has a special plan for you, and as a friend always tells ,me when I need prayer I've got your back!!