Exhilarate-- to gladden, to make cheerful, to enliven (Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary)
Bike riding exhilarates me. It does. Yesterday was a sunny day in Michigan. And the temperature was in the forties.....that's pretty warm for us. So I got my bike out, put on a fleece and leather gloves, and took off riding.
The day had started out great even before that. I got up promptly at 5:30. (That was not the great part. I am not a morning person. But I did it!!) Made it early to the 6:45 Mass at my parish. I have to get there early to ask the sacristan for my low-gluten host. Then, when Mass was over, I had a wonderful prayer time and a chance to say the rosary before heading over to Domino's chapel for confession. What a way to start the day.
When I got home I knew I just had to take my first bike ride of the Spring. It occurred to me that maybe I shouldn't take my favorite ride of about 7 miles to beautiful Gallop Park, around the pond, and home again. After all, I haven't ridden in several months. But I got on my bike and would hear none of it. Had to go there.
It was wonderful. All the grace of the sacraments had gladdened my soul and I carried that over with an appreciation of the joy of riding and the incredible beauty of the ride. Here is what I see as I ride to Gallop Park. Those of you who have read my blog for a while have seen these pictures before. I apologize. I just can't get over how scenic this ride is and how I lived where I do for several decades before realizing that I could indeed ride my bike here.
The glory of God all over everything.
Makes my heart sing. God is so good.
All the time.