Written on Sept 10, 2017
The river was golden today. The water still, placid. Few other travelers on the river. Only bird sounds. Except for the one intrusion, with throaty motor sound of a speed boat actually travelling at a "No Wake" speed. The lone driver greeted me. We agreed on the wonder of this late day in mid-September.
The sun was in and out of passing clouds. Next door the four extended docks are almost empty. It is, after all, a week after Labor Day.
Church was a straight-arrow morning as our preacher launched us into a 40-day experiment of reading the Bible. Two hundred and fifty people signed up to take the course under Rick Warren's video leadership. We need 40 days in "The Word."
I marvel that our regional church of 500 members, coming from two states and several dozen towns, can bring this off - as they consistently do.
I thought, as Molly and I sat in the one Sunday morning class we will be able to attend, "what good people these are, coming from everywhere, and earnestly eager to be about bring 'The Word' more deeply into their lives." It felt a signal honor to be with them.
While eating our eggs and bacon lunch at our beautiful lakeside in New Hampshire, we watched the rain-swept reporting of NBC and ABC of the Florida Gulf Coast and the ravages of historic Hurricane Irma, so shortly after Hurricane Harvey. It felt as though we too, were in the storm.
But, we're not. At least not yet. What a wonder that we are so safe while other thousands are not. They are mortally threatened and, though desperately seeking help, often times at great pain to help others.
It is a moving lesson of life, this ordinary autumn day. We are surrounded by the miraculous wonder of an awesome God! God help us learn the lesson.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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