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“The Path”


In the Middle Ages, if you wanted to get closer to the Lord, you made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Average people who couldn’t afford such an investment of time and money walked a different path: the Camino de Santiago.  Although the trek is known by many names, every path ends up at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the Spanish city of Galicia.  Even today, it is a popular destination for cyclists, hikers, and present-day pilgrims.


Resurrection Sunday, two years ago, Denise Thiem of Arizona set aside 90 days to make her solo hike.  It was an adventure she never finished because she was misled by a fake trail marker which had been set up by Miguel Munoz.  Anybody who followed that marker was directed away from the saintly path toward the small farm of Munoz.  The 41-year-old Thiem followed that marker and was ambushed, robbed and murdered.


A tragic story?  Absolutely.  It is made even more so when one realizes that story is repeated numerous times every day.  No, I don’t mean there are multitudes of individuals being mugged and murdered somewhere on a path in Spain.  I do mean there are a great many who make a good start toward heaven but, somewhere along the way, someone misleads them.  Rather than remaining faithful to the route the Lord has set down in His Word, they are seduced by shaky, second-rate human wisdom.  And they never get to their destination.


Far better to follow St. Paul’s example and press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14   Following the Savior, trusting in His blood-bought forgiveness, and relying upon the Word of God, we shall unerringly reach the goal God has graciously prepared.                        

                                        - from a devotion by Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour


Wandering Thoughts   

   by Pastor Fred Naumann


+ Fulfillment in life is not so much a matter of resignation as it is realization.

+ While watching cadets pass in review, I remembered that this is what Caesar did two millennia ago . . . Man is still arming to kill man. That cannot be progress.

+ You must know yourself to be yourself.

+ If you refuse to hear the correction of those who have gone before then you may well make the same mistakes others have made. There is no honor in repeating mistakes. There is no beatitude that reads: "Blessed are the Stupid."

+ Many mistakes are born of fatigue, loneliness and/or haste.

+ Maybe WE can be found by what we want … what we think about most … how we use our money … what we do with our leisure time … the company we enjoy … whom we admire … and what we laugh at.

+ You know you’re getting marvelously mature when you and your teeth don't sleep together . . . your back goes out but you stay home . . . you wake up looking like the picture on your driver's license . . . your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio . . . . happy hour is a nap . . . you sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going . . . it takes twice as long to look half as good . . . you have more patience, but it is actually that you just don't care anymore .

+ I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.