Monday morning meanderings. Vol.10
Dodge City, Kansas
After about 9 hours of driving and an elevation drop of more than 5K feet we are settled in for the night not far from Boot Hill. We are tired but glad to have the biggest day of driving out of the way, about 450 miles. We usually don’t drive more than a couple of hundred in a day.
Item one. After the way Jake Locker played for the Washington Huskies Friday night I have decided that we named our little Carin Terrier after him. Syracuse is no doubt horrible but who cares, it was fun. We are really enjoying having the dog along. He is really easy to care for and rides well in his little crate in the car. A Carin Terrier played the part of Toto in the Wizard of Oz, so being here in Kansas, we are bring Jake back to his roots!
Item two. Big Brown. I haven’t fished much for Brown trout so it was a real thrill for me to hook and land a nice one from the Rio Grande yesterday. I used to catch some in the Big Horn River when we lived in Wyoming but this was the first one of any size, I have caught in a long time. It was fun. We enjoyed our time with brother Mike and sister in law, Vicky in Creede. It is fun to camp with other people and to share meals together.
Item three. Prayer for the week. Several of you tell me you are using these weekly prayers so I will keep them coming. Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in my heart the love of your Name; increase in me true religion: nourish me with all goodness; and bring forth in me the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen (find more like this here)
Item four. In last weeks meanderings I mentioned I thought the Mariners were done. After 9 straight losses, does anyone disagree or care? Put a fork in them…
Item five. We are on our way in a few minutes on east from Dodge City to the town of Chanute where our Hitchhiker fifth wheel was manufactured. We have an appointment in the morning for some service work. We tried having it done at the dealer we purchased it from but they are too busy selling to service, or so it seems. So we have about 4 hours of driving then we will relax for the afternoon and evening.
Item six. Something from Henry Nouwen: The apostle Paul writes to the Romans: “Bless your persecutors; never curse them, bless them. … Never pay back evil with evil. … Never try to get revenge. … If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. … Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good” (Romans 12:14-21). These words cut to the heart of the spiritual life. They make it clear what it means to choose life, not death, to choose blessings not curses. But what is asked of us here goes against the grain of our human nature. We will only be able to act according to Paul’s words by knowing with our whole beings that what we are asked to do for others is what God has done for us.
And now it literally is time to “get the heck out of Dodge!”