25
August

Mount Saint Helens-The Final Showdown

 

Two climbers on Mount Saint Helens with Mount Adams in the background“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never…Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

There the mountain loomed above me.  That same volcano I can see from the freeway back in Portland.  After ridge after ridge of hiking and climbing through rock and ash, it towered above me as if it were taunting me, “I am so huge, you are so small.  You might as well give up now.  Turn back.”

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18
August

Paul’s Secret to Joy

A Cemetary on the way to Jamesport, MissouriEver hear that old song, “Dust in the Wind”?  Originally sung by a band called Kansas (Although Will Ferrell’s version is pretty funny).  All we are is dust in the wind.  It’s the basic message of Ecclesiastes.  How all that striving for material things amounts to nothing when you consider eternity.

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10
August

When You Struggle for Time to Worship

A view of North Portland Industrial Area's eerie sky on the way from work in the morningBZZZZ  BZZZZZ BZZZZZ

Barely awake, I look at my phone in the dark and the identity is a four number extention.  Yep, that’s for me and it’s legit.  groan

Groggily, I answer, “…erllo…?”

A slightly urgent, but professional-sounding voice answers, “Hi Josh, this is C from UPS.  We need someone for Metro Secondary and I have you on the list for doubleshifting.  Would you like to double on nightsort?”

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4
August

Owning a Vision

Sky from the bike path on the 205 bridgeHuff…puff…huff…puff

Slowly cycling uphill on the bike path in the middle 205 bridge, the sun bears down on my pasty northwestern skin. Between the wind my focus I don’t really notice the gradual burn.  Cars whiz by on either side and there’s a magnificent view of Mount Hood looming to the east above the Columbia River on a clear day.

Huff…puff…

This Mount Saint Helens hike is going to be awesome!

Huff…puff…

This is harder than I thought…   When I feel tired I often think of my imaginary navy seals drill sergeant yelling at me to get my butt moving.

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