How do you spend your Sunday afternoons? We often like to go for a stroll somewhere,
and one of our favorite places has always been Grand Haven, although late this summer we discovered Rosy Mound Park, a relatively new, gorgeous 164-acre protected natural area about 5 miles south of Grand Haven and 30 miles west of Grand Rapids on Lake Michigan. “Rosy Mound” is really the name of a 200-foot sand dune
along the Lake Michigan shoreline, but the park has meticulously groomed trails with boardwalks and 1,000 feet of stairs up and down through white pine and deciduous woodlands that open up in soothing views of the Lake Michigan coast. It reminds us a lot of Hoffmaster State Park, although Rosy Mound is closer to GR. There is a 0.7-mile trail to the beach, but there are also boardwalks behind the first line of dunes along the shoreline where the wind is still
and the tangy scent of fall grasses is heavy on warm days. When we were there a week ago, the sun was blazing and the sky like sapphire. I couldn’t believe how beautiful everything looked. The colors were brilliant,
and I kept raving about their glorious hues. Alan was definitely enjoying the walk, but he wasn’t quite as effusive as I was. It wasn’t until after we’d finished our hike at Rosy Mound and we were walking out on the Grand Haven pier, that I realized my new sunglasses had a pinkish brown tint that was absolutely magic with fall colors. It was like the Midas touch. Yellow became gold, and orange became bronze. It struck me when I realized that through my sunglasses Alan’s green sweater looked decidedly brown, and there seemed to be an unusual number of people wearing outfits with a somewhat purplish hue. It’s hard to pooh-pooh glasses that make things look even more beautiful
than can be seen with the naked eye, but I definitely understand the concept of “rose-colored glasses” now. In the spiritual realm, I think “hope” is like a good pair of sunglasses. It enhances our vision so that we have a brighter, more intense experience of life around us now and can better visualize a brilliant future ahead. May our lives be suffused with hope! “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).