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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Route 66 day
Yesterday was Route 66 Day at the Weber house!

"A Lesson From Historic Route 66"

Message summary: Today, let us make a fresh resolve to stay on old Route 66 in staying true to the teachings in all 66 books in the Bible.

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"Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil" (Proverbs 4:26-27). "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day" (Psalm 25:4,5). "Thus says the Lord, 'Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls'. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’" (Jeremiah 6:16).

Route 66 historic sign
Yesterday I had a Route 66 themed day! Our lead photo shows the 500 piece puzzle Ester put together and other memorabilia we have accumulated through the years related to Route 66.

I hung the Route 66 sign on our barn so I hope that doesn't confuse people coming into our driveway! Years ago I had a Bass Pro Shop sign on the door and someone was confused, thinking we sold stuff from our barn. Now it's on the inside of the door.

Old Route 66 is one of the most famous roads in America. It starts in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan and ends at the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, California at the end of the Santa Monica pier where we walked to the end of it several years ago. It passes right through Tulsa Oklahoma, only several hundred yards from where Brooksyne grew up and right through the little Indian town where we got married in Sapulpa, OK. It also passes through Springfield, Missouri where we both met while in college and lived the first year of our marriage.

There is a lot of interest in Route 66 memorabilia especially among those who live along the route and those, like us, who have Route 66 memories.

Route 66 endWhenever we travel and are nearby we try to take in at least a section of it such as we did last fall in Arizona. We have driven on numerous sections of Route 66 but it would be neat to someday drive on the old route (as much as possible) all the way from Chicago to LA. It would be a long, long trip, compared to interstate speeds, let alone flying. But we would sure see a lot of Americana. Charles Kuralt observed, "Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything."

But today let us consider another "Historic Route 66" that we must stay on in the sense of staying faithful to the sixty-six books of the Bible. Many "have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs" (see 1 Timothy 6:10) having the response toward God's Word expressed in the last phrase of our third daily text, "We will not walk in it".

All three of today's Bible texts refer to "paths" which is a synonym of "route" so today let us consider an element from each one as we resolve to stay on historic route 66:

1) We must watch our path. "Watch the path of your feet." We have all heard the phrase, "Watch your step", especially as a reminder of caution against tripping. That seems to be the sense of this passage. We need to be constantly on our guard and watch the path of our feet in these treacherous times.

2) We must pray for God to teach us His paths. "O Lord; teach me Your paths." God has spoken through His Word. We need to seek Him that we might learn His ways and stay on His path.

3) We must ask for the ancient paths. "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths." This verse is so counter cultural to our age with all the emphasis on new, new, new. I thank God for many aspects of new but we must be soberly aware of the consequences when new "truth" replaces old "truth". After all, truth does not change. We need to ask for these ancient paths found in God's ancient Word.

Ancient words, ever true
Changing me and changing you,
We have come with open hearts,
Oh let the ancient words impart.

Today, let us make a fresh resolve to stay on historic route 66 in staying true to the teachings of all 66 books in the Bible.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, like the Psalmist I pray that You will show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation. I'm indebted to Your loving grace that keeps me traveling the good path. There are many other paths that vie for my attention but I know through the Spirit and also by experience, that they are treacherous leading me to danger, a dead end, and leaving me with a spirit of unrest. I want to walk on the good path and find rest for my soul even in the midst of the dark valley experiences of my travels here on earth. I'm so grateful that You walk beside me on the path that leads to righteousness and eternal life. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Ancient Words"  Video  Robin Mark

"Teach Me Your Ways"  Video  Paul Baloche

"Eternal Vacation"   Video  Dailey and Vincent    When Brooksyne and I travel are on Rt 66 we enjoy rolling down the windows and playing some bluegrass music!

Note: This morning I spoke to a man from northern PA where there is a state Rt 66 and also a short section designated Rt. 666! See here on Google map.

Today we will share some of our Route 66 photos through the years

Route 66 Rocker
We passed this giant rocking chair in Missouri years ago. I thought maybe we could get a photo sitting in it as a family like we did here, but this one was just too big for that!  Besides that, climbing wasn't allowed on this 20' chair.

Route 66 West Tulsa
We visited this historical park along Route 66 with old trains and this huge oil drilling derrick that is located about 1/4 mile from Brooksyne's high school, Daniel Webster.

Stretch of Route 66 in Pulaski County Missouri
An old stretch of Route 66 in Pulaski County Missouri.
Compared to busy Interstate 44 just a few miles away it seemed abandoned.

Seligman Arizona route 66 9/24/19
Last fall we drove through a section of Route 66 in Arizona.
Seligman, Arizona claims to be the birthplace of interest in historic route 66.

Rt 66 "selfie" 9/24/19
We had a lot of fun along Rt 66 in Arizona and it was interesting how many Chinese people we ran into who were also interested in Rt 66! (Such as the one who took this photo)

West terminus of Route 66
The end of Route 66 on the Santa Monica pier!

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