I stand amazed

We’ve been trying to read some of the archives of this journal regularly, and presently we’re up to those “diet days” a couple of years ago, when we were just starting on that one to improve “The Boy’s” health… wow, what whirlwind days those were! And to think, that now he’s on a diet to LOSE a bit of weight!! *worship*

That by the way (Sam’s determination to get fit, now that he’s healthy), is helping The Mom get there much faster. “There” being Rivendell (as well as her own fitness)! Even Rej has been weighing himself, and realizing that he has to be a little more careful, no matter all the treadmilling he does. Interesting that some in this family seem to try to lose weight be dieting only, and others by exercising only… but BOTH are necessary!

Now, we have one more article that’s on our list of things to share, and we’ll be all caught up! This is from Max:

Maybe you’ve seen the classic portrait of Christ in the garden. Kneeling beside a big rock. Snow-white robe. Hands peacefully folded in prayer. A look of serenity on his face. Halo over his head. A spotlight from heaven illuminating his golden-brown hair. 

Now, I’m no artist, but I can tell you one thing. The man who painted that picture didn’t use the gospel of Mark as a pattern. When Mark wrote about that painful night, he used phrases like these: “Horror and dismay came over him.” “My heart is ready to break with grief.” “He went a little forward and threw himself on the ground.”

Max is trying to point out that Jesus understands your suffering. This is how the article ends off:

The next time you are called to suffer, pay attention. It may be the closest you’ll ever get to God. Watch closely. It could very well be that the hand that extends itself to lead you out of the fog is a pierced one.

Walk to Rivendell
:  We continue to trudge along in the valley.


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