A Very Instructive Incident

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Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

Michel De Montaigne, a 16th century, prominent French philosopher, noted that the “greatest thing in the world is to know how to be yourself.”

I would venture the first question you must answer is, who are you? From a believer’s perspective, only God truly knows you.

I think the difficulties He allows in your life are meant in part for you to understand yourself better.

I was held at gunpoint in 1989 and prayed through my dialogue with the gunman. I found, though fearful, I had the wherewithal to remain calm. By the grace of God the gunman and his getaway man left without me after I gave them the pizza I was carrying home as well as all the money on me.

The whole episode helped me learn about myself. It was quite painful. But it was also instructive.

Yes, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are, life is no cakewalk…

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Oh My, Those Fall Leaves

“Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant, a 20th-century American poet. Before the cold, white snows of winter end the year in the temperate zone around our globe, there is that beautiful array of colors from God’s palette.

I still remember in the fall of ’69 a trip from Gainesville, FL to Nashville, TN. I had never driven westward through Tennessee, and this was a wonderful introduction. Along the perimeter of the highway and deep into the woods were a host of orange, brown, red, and yellow leaves. They made the long trip a short one. In my mind’s eye, I can still see God’s handiwork.

Kristine and I have now lived in Southern California for almost a half-century. Even with the multitude of microclimates in California, we still miss the choice, fall colors. It’s one beautiful smile.