Easter, Passover, & Spring Greetings!

Spring truly is a season of anything-goes when it comes to the weather! Living in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia affords us such a variety of conditions, sometimes all in one day! It also affords us some breathtaking scenes that I never tire of inhaling – whether I’m working in the garden or pedaling my bike. For me being outside on a beautiful day rivals worshiping in any man-made sanctuary – it restores my soul.

Phlox in flower bed
I love the spring phlox blooming in our flower bed! Such a beautiful blanket of springtime color. Photo by Colleen Whiteford.

At this time of year those of us in the Christian faith recall the passion, death, and joyful Easter resurrection of Jesus. Nearly simultaneously, those of the Jewish faith celebrate the season of Passover. Many other faiths also commemorate their own religious holidays throughout the Spring. It’s a holy time for many people.

The daffodils in our flower beds are so cheery and seemingly delicate, although they made it through 16 degrees a few weeks ago! Photo by Colleen Whiteford.

However you celebrate and worship, please take time to bow your head in thanksgiving and awe for all you see around you. I am not a believer that it just happens – there is a Creator. Take time to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings and give thanks for all you have. Bill and I wish you a wonderful blessed season filled with health and joy!


Published by Colleen Murphy Whiteford

I am a physiotherapist, graduate of Saint Louis University Class of 1984. I married my best friend and business partner, Bill, who is also a physiotherapist, in 1988. We have worked together all these years - an example of God's grace! Together we started Appalachian Physical Therapy which continues to thrive. I am a big believer in the power of touch, the manual therapies, and treating holistically. There are many alternatives to medications, surgeries, and testing, but people are often uninformed. My perspective emphasizes the role of the connective tissues including the fascia. Lack of attention to this structure is the source of many physical ailments - our bodies are truly fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)! I am passionate about helping people of all ages and diagnoses maximize their health, and empowering them to understand their role in management and prevention of problems.

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