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Friday, October 18, 2019

Rural Lancaster County scene 10/17/19 (Click to enlarge)
Yesterday was rather cold and blustery but still beautiful. Near New Holland we passed this Amish school with the children out for recess
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"The Peace That 'God Knows'"

Message summary: May we all experience the peace that "God knows".

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"O LORD, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways" (Psalm 139:1-3). "Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me" (Psalm 139:7-10).

As many of you know, many late model cell phones have a feature that constantly knows its location. Mine knows where I am and can project where I am going apparently based upon my location history. For instance early on Tuesday morning I receive a notification with the distance and directions to a company we typically visit Tuesday morning in Lebanon County. At some point each day it must sense we are ready to head home and helpfully gives us directions, although I rarely rely on GPS.

The phone also records where a photo is taken using the GPS to very precisely pinpoint the location. That's a nifty feature and a reminder of the many helpful uses of GPS.

Recently a Japanese man was arrested for reportedly stalking a pop star and attacking her at her home, according to Japanese news. Allegedly, this man found the woman’s home by studying photos she posted on social media, observing a train station reflected in her eyes, finding that train station using Google Street View, waiting for her at the train station, and following her home.
(link to article below)

In one way or another so many now have access to precisely where we are! While this can be very comforting when we're in trouble and need rescued it's also quite scary. That's a privacy concern that many have although I'm such a small fry I really don't worry much about some geek in the Silicon Valley being interested in where I am.

One thing is sure; God knows where I am at this and every moment. This is true for everyone! He knows me; He's familiar with all my ways. He knows when I sit and when I rise. We may all exclaim along with David, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me!"

Psalm 139 speaks of God's intimate knowledge and His care for each of us as individuals. Although David writes the Psalm very personally, applying these truths to himself, they are equally pertinent to everyone of God's creation. We can read it as though we ourselves wrote it.

Today we want to encourage each reader with these truths. He knows where we are and is intimately acquainted with the very issues that bring on anxiety, pain, temptation, as well as those things that bring peace, assurance, and joy. In the midst of it all He encircles us with His loving care as He makes this firm commitment to every one of His children: "I will never leave you nor forsake you."

So, like the Psalmist, we properly respond to Him: "Search me O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23,24).

May we all experience the peace that "God knows".

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, I'm grateful for Your promise to guide and keep me secure no matter where I dwell, for Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will hold me. What blessed assurance it brings to know that in Your omnipresence I can never move beyond Your compassionate care, Your loving favor, or Your watchful eye. Not only do You grant me every breath on earth, but You will also help me conquer death. Because of these glorious provisions, I have blessed assurance now and blessed hope for my eternal future! Amen.

Yesterday we made a short visit to the Strasburg Railroad

Norfolk and Southern engine 611 10/17/19 (Click to enlarge)
We had especially visited to see the massive visiting Norfolk and Western 611 steam engine, one of the last and most powerful steam engines ever made which is temporarily on loan to the Strasburg Railroad. It was not being used yesterday for pulling the train but I still got to see it.
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Video  Article  Another video
The Story of Norfolk and Western 611!  Video

Strasburg Engine 90 10/17/19 (Click to enlarge)
The much older Great Western 90 steam engine was running and I caught this photo bringing an excursion back from Paradise (PA that is)
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Strasburg Engine 90 10/17/19 (Click to enlarge)
For the next trip they connected to the passenger cars with the engine backwards (or so it seems to me although for a train engine it apparently doesn't matter).
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Strasburg Engine 90 10/17/19 (Click to enlarge)
Side view
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Strasburg Engine 90 10/17/19 (Click to enlarge)
Heading out with the next load of tourists with the tender car out front.
The Strasburg Steam Engine 90 was formerly the Great Western 90  Video  Article
Cab tour of the Strasburg steam engine 90  Video
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"He Knows My Name"  Video  Tommy Walker

"Search Me O God"  Video  The Cathedrals

"God Doesn't Care"  Video  Greater Vision (You have to listen to the song to make sense of the title!)

Finally today:

Pumpkin harvest team 10/17/19 (Click to enlarge)
There seems to be an abundance of pumpkins in our area and they are readily available at many roadside stands. But we still see many pumpkins lying in fields and yesterday passed this team taking them out of a field near Paradise, PA. If you look carefully you'll see a conveyer in the middle of the wagon and extended from the pasture to the wagon as the Amishmen were loading pumpkins on it.
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