LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunrise in the Mountains

Easter Sunrise services are held all over the south and in many other parts of the country as well. People gather before sunrise to watch and pray until the sun appears. The rising sun symbolizes the resurrection and ends the forty days of the Lenten season.

Perhaps the most glorius sunrises occur at the beach, where people gather to watch the sun creep over the horizon and in the high mountains where the sun slowly rises over the peaks to bathe the valleys with sunlight.

There are many popular places for Easter Sunrise services in the mountains. One of them is only a few miles from my house. The Symmes Chapel at Pretty Place provides a spectacular view of the rising sun and the mountains. It is a small chapel, so numbers are limited. Because of limited seating and parking, many people arrive at 4:00 or earlier. (No, I did not attend)


Here is a view from Symmes Chapel, taken in January. It looks much the same now, although the trees likely have reddish and green hues as the buds and tiny leaves appear.




I hope that this Sunday is a special day for you regardless of your religious beliefs. Make this day a new beginning, and live each day as if it were your last.

14 comments:

Lynne said...

Happy Easter to you Carolyn.

GoldenSamantha said...

Lovely, peaceful scenes - I can almost smell the lilies! Happy EAster!
xo Sammie

pat said...

One of my favorite spots in the world (little that I have seen) is on the Cumberland Plateau in TN, where this cross reigns on the edge of the mountain, high above the valley. It's my place on earth.
see photo at link:
http://pats-dryrun.blogspot.com/2007/12/21-that-he-hasnt-lost-his-faith.html

troutbirder said...

Thank you Carolyn. Happy Easter to you and yours.

Bird Girl said...

That picture with the cross overlooking the majestic mountains of NC is absolutely beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful Easter day!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Carolyn, I'd want to attend that service on top of the mountain, but like you, I hate crowds. SO---guess I'll just stay below---where we can also see a beautiful sunrise!!!!

Happy Easter, my friend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sam said...

Happy Easter to you and your loved ones. :)

George said...

What a place to celebrate Easter! I hope you and your family had a happy and blessed Easter.

KB said...

"Make this day a new beginning, and live each day as if it were your last."

What a wonderful saying - meaningful to all. Thank you and Happy Easter.

Cedar ... said...

Sunrise services for church goers are popular here in the north, too. I have a feeling that they were not well attended this morning,.. it was 28° after sunrise! Brrrrrr..... That certainly is a fantastic view!

Sue said...

We hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Ruth said...

Happy Easter! There was a sunrise Easter service near our home but I couldn't bring myself to crawl out of bed at 6 AM. I think I could get up at 4 AM to see the sun rise over the ocean or the mountains.

Jayne said...

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Carolyn.

Leedra said...

I am sure you had a family filled Easter celebration. Nice Easter post.

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