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“Isn’t This a Great Adventure?!”

August 18, 2018

Blessed are the curious,

for they shall have adventures.

— Thel’s National Park T-Shirt (and she said I could say that)

 

Our son Joseph likes to remind us of a phrase he learned from my mom when he was a pre-schooler.

She’d be driving with him as her passenger. Sometimes they’d get lost.

Rather than get upset, Grandma Ruth would ask him, “Isn’t this a great adventure?!”

They obviously always found their way back to where they’d been going.

They usually brought a fresh story with them about the people they’d met and the things they’d seen on their latest “great adventure.”

[Let’s spend the month of August 2018 looking at some timeless ephemera — how’s that for an oxymoron? — that are too good not to share. Let’s contextualize some, let’s dissect others, and let’s simply enjoy still others. Let’s go —]

St. Paul would love my mom’s recurrent question and its implication of a choice of response.

After all, he’s the one who wrote in 2nd CorinthiansI’ve been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day.

In hard traveling year in and year out, I’ve had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. 

I’ve been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers.

I’ve known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal and blasted by the cold. 

I can easily imagine him adding, “Isn’t this a great adventure?”

There’s gotta be a relationship between being curious and being faithful…so what is it?

And how many times this weekend will you have the opportunity to ask yourself or someone with you, “Isn’t this a great adventure?”

I’d love to hear your answers. Use the Comment section below, or text/email/Messenger, or just tell me when we see each other. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Meanwhile —

Blessed are the curious,

for they shall have adventures.

— Thel’s National Park T-Shirt (and she said I could say that)

 

 

 

 

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