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Monday, November 5, 2018
Colorado National Monument
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"Praise Him In The Heights"
Message summary: Today's text is an exhortation to "praise Him in the heights". Let us do so!
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"Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise Him in the heights" (Psalm 148:1).
For the last several days Brooksyne has been out in Colorado visiting with her sister and an elderly aunt. She posted the photo above at appropriately named "Cold Shivers Point", I am sure knowing it would give me the cold shivers. She knows I get the severe heebie-jeebies if I see anyone near a drop-off.
Some identify this condition as Acrophobia (fear of heights). However that is really not the case for me and in reality most others having this condition. Rather we have a fear of edges. This of course also has a fancy name, Cremnophobia (fear of precipices).
I'm OK at 40,000 feet in an airplane or on the top floor of a skyscraper. However get me near the edge of a roof on a two story building at sea level and I am very uncomfortable!
This is particularly the case for me or someone I love but observing any human near an edge will prompt this feeling. Brooksyne also took this photo at Cold Shivers Overlook and I get a feeling of dread just looking at it. What is this father thinking! (at least he is holding her with two hands but what if he slips? *)
But there is a height we should all strive to be. I consider a song many of us have sung. CCLI reported "Lord I Lift Your Name on High" as the most popular song used in churches every year from 1997 to 2003. Today's text is an exhortation to "praise Him in the heights". Let us do so!
Lord, I lift Your name on high
Lord, I love to sing Your praises
I'm so glad Your in my life
I'm so glad You came to save us
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
The trees are pretty in Colorado but Brooksyne observed most are a bright yellow lacking the variety of fall colors we see in our area.
Saturday afternoon I visited with John Uhler on the Old Windmill Farm. John has an interesting ministry as a "living history" chaplain. He began with an interest in WW2 reenactments playing the role as a chaplain and went on to become ordained and endorsed, perhaps the only in the nation with this distinction. He has many opportunities to minister to others both in the sense of explaining the chaplain's role in the service during WW2 but also to other reenactors and guests.
This last weekend he was down to the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg with special display.
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Lord I Lift Your Name On High" Video Maranatha! Singers
"God Is Good" Video Rick Founds, who wrote the song above continues to write and share his music. He was born in 1954, the same year I was!
"Big Enough" Video Joseph Habedank
* "Cold Shivers Point is at the top of a vertical cliff. The overlook is airy and exposed spot, especially if you stand next to the fencing. The long fenced area offers plenty of great photo ops so resist the urge to scramble onto the canyon rim for a different vantage point. Footing on the cliff edge is insecure and the stone beneath your feet can break. Keep control of your children. Several people have died here from falling over edge of the overlook. Remember that falls are the third leading cause of deaths in National Parklands." (from this site)
I just don't understand the compulsion to get right to the edge to take a photo of a distant scene. When at the Grand Canyon I observed people standing right on the edge to take a photo of the other side of the canyon. According to my calculations with the canyon being 18 miles wide that places the photographer .005% closer than if he stood back from the edge 5 feet!
Finally today: Today we share some family photos from recent visits.
Brooksyne with her Aunt Mary and sister Elaine in Grand Junction Colorado on Saturday.
Yesterday Ester and I drove up to visit my brother Pat and his family in the Lehigh Valley. We attended church with them and then enjoyed a meal together.
Ester with my oldest brother Mike, whom we visited several weeks ago in San Francisco.
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