Good Friday


Gardens at Von Trapp LodgeOne March I was inspired to write a poem about the Forget-Me-Not Cross. I never thought for a moment I was writing it to help me through a trial that I would endure several months later:

n a field of green hills and flora,

I could see a vision of grace and familiarity.

There stood the cross left in all its’ glory with spirit-filled memory.

The closer I came, the more perfect its’reminder,

as a carpet of flowers adorned each bough.

And once I touched my Savior’s cross,

I remembered what God did for Thou.

For on it lay hundreds of flowers,

draped over my Lord’s gift to me.

Each one a sweet forget-me-not,

A fragrant reminder to stay close to Thee.

Gardens at Von Trapp LodgeMonths after I wrote this, I was facing a difficult trial regarding my daughter. The grief I felt was almost unbearable. None-the-less I had to see my 81 year old mother for mother’s day, so I got in the car and drove four hours.

Von Trapp Lodge

Along the way I stopped at my favorite place in the whole world…Stowe Vermont and the beautiful Von Trapp Lodge.

Von Trapp Lodge

Gardens at Von Trapp LodgeAs I walked through the fields and photographed the beauty around me I hoped to find some grace amongst the beauty. I came upon a spot I have never noticed before,

Stowe Vermont

Gardens at Von Trapp Lodgeas I walked through the path I looked down and saw a bunch of forget-me-nots. There within fields and fields of green was a patch of forget-me-nots in the shape of a heart.


Gardens at Von Trapp LodgeA little further and I was in the grotto and came upon the cross, and there He was in all His Glory, Jesus.

Grotto at Von Trapp

Gardens at Von Trapp LodgeJust like in my poem reminding me to Forget-Not who is there for me. I wept at His grace.

Gardens at Von trapp lodge

Gardens at Von Trapp LodgeYou see I was walking in my poem and He was with me under that magnificent sky against those majestic mountains. I had been visiting the Von Trapp Lodge for over tens years, and I had never walked on that path, nor saw the cross.

The Forget-Me-Not Cross

Gardens at Von Trapp LodgeThe timing was perfect…God’s timing for me to discover such a beautiful place on such a day of despair. He is always with us, all that we need to do is not forget what He did for us on that cross today.


Grotto at Von Trapp Lodge“For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

The song for this post is Sacred Head, a hymn about the passion. The music is by Maruice Sklar, a young Jewish man who instead of committing suicide, found Christ and purpose for his life. He now dedicates his beautiful violin music to praise Our Lord.
Vee said...

Your story is so beautiful, Karen. How very like God! If I am ever able to return to Stowe, and I sure hope that I do for the anniversary of our wedding there, I am going to go looking for your special spot. Thank you for sharing this today.

Serendipit-Us said...

Karen~ What an incredible gift...from Him...and from you (for choosing to share it with us!). Thank you. I am continually struggling with remembering that His timing IS perfect...always has been & always will be. That doesn't mean it fits MY timing; therein lies the struggle:-)

xashee's corner said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you so much for sharing another LOVELY journey!! Have a BLESSED Good Friday and holiday weekend! :)

Kathleen said...

Karen, what an inspiring, upliting story. Reminds me of my Mom's favorite saying, "Everything happens for a reason". God knows the reason, and timing of the "happens". Thank you for sharing with us today. Wishing you a very blessed Easter. Hugs, Kathleen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This a such a powerful testimony of how God uses art and the beauty of nature to speak to us. Blessed be His name. Karen, you are beautiful! Anita

Marianne said...

Reading your last 2 blogs has made me feel like I went on vacation! I LOVE to be by the sea, which doesn't happen real often since I live in Utah! I also love The Ghost and Mrs. Muir- what a wonderful movie! I haven't seen it for a long time, so I'm going to have to find it. Thanks so much for sharing the beautiful words and photos! And Happy Easter to you!

Celestina Marie said...

Karen, I love this post and the way your very own poem worked in your life with such meaning.
The cross has always been very special to me. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a blessed Easter with your family and friends.
If you have a moment, I am having a 100th post giveaway and would love for you to enter.
Happy Easter sweet friend,
hugs, Celestina Marie