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Living Water and the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon

Meg and I traveled up the Lostine River road this Friday and set up camp at the trailhead to Maxwell Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of NE Oregon.  We took a five mile roundtrip training hike up the trail to test our gear and bodies for a major multi-day  backpack in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of northern Washington with younger son Michael and his wife, Sara at the end of the month. The hike was challenging as we faced a major raging creek crossing as well as downed logs on the trail. We also crossed many calmer, more gentle streams.  The water stimulated my thinking about both the protection the Lord gives as well as the sustenance, physically and spiritually, we receive from water.  Here are some pictures reflecting that theme.

“Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.  But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.  It becomes a fresh, bubbly spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
John 4:13,14

How Majestic is your Name

 Acknowledging and joyfully living  the power of God has been transmitted from the psalmists to the early saints to us today.  As always, our response to God is our choice. We can read and think all we want to, but praise and thanks of our lips and obedience of heart, mind and soul is ours alone to exercise.  In this vein, I love what St Patrick wrote  around 430 AD/CE:  “I bind myself today to the power of God to hold and lead, his eye to watch, his might to stay, his ear to hearken to my need. The wisdom of my God to teach, his hand to guide, his shield to ward, the Word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard.”