Day 4: Worshipping at Morton UMC

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Oct 21, 2012

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday morning dawned with the opportunity to relax in bed for a few extra minutes and reflect on what this pilgrimage has meant for both Anne and me and to give thanks to God for numerous blessings and lessons learned. The overriding reminder and theme for us both is that "God is good all the time and all the time God is good!". As we looked back over times of struggle and challenge and confusion we have gone through in the past and then noted how God has turned darkness into light, sadness into joy, and despair into hope, we thanked Him for building faith, hope, endurance and love into our lives and given us the privilege of seeing the fruit He has produced in our own lives being replicated in the lives of our children and grandchildren. What a blessed heritage!

Around 8:30am we got in the car, filled up with gas at Costco, and headed to Morton via Hwy 18, Auburn, Puyallup and Eatonville. We drove through stretches of rain and gave thanks that today I was inside the comfort of a warm car instead of pounding the pavement under the elements. As we neared Elbe the snow that had fallen the previous day was clearly evident on the surrounding ridges.

As we drove into Morton the memories came flooding back from bi-weekly drives down for Wednesday night Bible Study and again on Friday evening or Saturday morning for a weekend of visitation and Sunday worship. It was a good time, a blessed time in our lives and we made many wonderful and dear friends. We remembered times of fun and laughter and also times of tears and sadness that we had shared with these good folk.

Chris Johnson, with his camera ready for some photos, met us as we drove up to and parked at the church at 10:30am. As people started arriving it was a warm time of hugs and embraces and "So-good-to-see-you-again's!" Apart from a few new faces, some missing faces of those who had gone home to God in the past few years, everyone else was well-known and brought a smile to our faces as they duly sat in the same spot they and their families had occupied for ever.

I had asked that I not be responsible for leading the entire service, but just be asked to speak at the time of the morning message. Ann Marie Forsman served as Lay Leader and Danielle Brink led the singing.

My focus for the morning message revolved around Psalm 34:1  "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."

After the service it was time for the traditional third Sunday potluck lunch and we all got to enjoy something of the various delights that members had contributed to this special meal and move around to spend some time catching up on each other's lives.

Chris Johnson suggested with a smile that I consider doing a walk like this down to Morton about every 6 months - giving us more frequent opportunities to see each other. We appreciated his sentiments, but for now will place any thought of another long walk on the shelf, along with the hiking boots and other walking gear. It's back to 24 Hr Fitness and the comfort and shelter of a large indoor gym.

The drive home was uneventful and relaxing till we got to Puyallup when the wind picked up, the sky darkened and the heavens just opened up and deluged us with rain and hail. This weather pattern followed us all the way back to Issaquah.

Thank you for following us on this journey...may God bless and keep you and strengthen your trust and confidence in our altogether good Heavenly Father.
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