It’s after midnight, and of course the last thing I should be doing is ‘blogging’… but I want to get some of my more tender thoughts down before I board the plane and forget! Especially after I spend the 13+ hours of air travel wrestling with Capri!
Deep breath… I can hardly believe that we have been here a month the time has slipped by in an instant, just like I knew it would. I have spent the last 24 hours beating myself up about how far short of my own hopes/expectations of what I would accomplish I have fallen! I think in my mind I had 3 months worth of to-dos! All stuff I have basically put off, figuring it would be easier to get done here. I went through my planner, going over more and more notes and lists that I just didn’t get to. I sort of felt like every decision to do something, meant 4 things that didn’t get done. Maybe next time, I will be more realistic.
HOWEVER! One of the highlights of the trip happened yesterday. It was one my most anticipated things to do…and I think I am still overwhelmed with the impact it had on me. Every Easter, here in Arizona at the Mesa Arizona Temple… the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints put on an ‘Easter Pageant’ that reenacts the life of Christ. Its’ really cool to go to- it’s an amazing production… and open to any and everyone. It’s free. It’s outside on the temple grounds during the most perfect AZ weather. Anyway… this year to go along with the pageant, a new exhibit was put together in the temple visitor’s center called ‘Reflections of Christ’. A local photographer named Mark Mabry (the video about the 'angels' photo is on this link... holy cow, i loved this image!!) was asked to take some photos of some of the cast members for this purpose. I am not sure all the details on how it all came about, but a group of amazingly talented people worked together to pull off this exhibit, and it’s like nothing I have ever seen…stunning. I had heard so much about it, and was prepared to feel the impact others had talked about…but still, seeing it was so powerful. I had never seen photographs like this- depicting the life of Christ. And the perspective of the photographer is so fresh, and so real. Hmm, sitting here, I am trying to explain how it made me feel… and I am not sure that I can. At the end of the exhibit…there is a documentary film you can watch about the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff. I think that it was just as moving, and thought provoking as the images themselves. I keep finding my mind going back to the images...thinking more about them- and how they made me feel. The very reality of Jesus Christ.
My purpose in blogging about this is to invite anyone around here…and for those not within reasonable driving distance to check the site out online— it’s not a specifically ‘mormon’ exhibit. It’s about Jesus’ life. His role as Savior, Brother, Friend and Exemplar. Whatever your faith…it’s worth seeing. It’s worth sharing it with your little ones. Especially at this very special time of Easter and renewal. You can view pieces of the documentary online…on youtube. But I don’t believe the images are available to see online.
Of course being away… away from family, friends, convenience, and everything that we hold near and dear to our hearts has caused us to feel all the more grateful and conscious of the many, many blessings that are ours… experiencing that yesterday overwhelmed me with love and gratitude for my Savior.
As we head back EARLY tomorrow, I am so thankful that I was able to check that off my list…so glad we made it over there. Like I said… totally worth it. i hope you check it out.