April 15th

Today I hiked from Brown Fork Gap to Cable Gap Shelter, a total distance if 6.1 miles. The terrain was not as hard as yesterday, with no really big inclines or declines, in fact the Trail actually ran level for a while several times. However, for some reason I still felt incredibly tired and struggled with several of the hills for some reason. My breakfast was some cheesey potato soup and a daily vitamin, but I’m wondering if I may need to be eating more in the morning. We’ll adjust my food over the next few days and we’ll see.

My devotions this morning included the verses “Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 33:2-3 NIV As I read this, I felt that I was being led to start the day with a time of praise, so I set up a Playlist on my Google music app and listened to that for about an hour. Then I finished the audio book “Paul: A Fresh Perspective” by NT Wright. I often enjoy Wright’s work, while he many times is speaking over my head, there is an intellectual itch I occasionally have that Wright seems to be one of the few who can scratch it. Today I listened to the concluding chapter, in which Wright was making the case for what kind of direction the church needed to take based off of a more accurate understanding of Paul’s theology when reviewed in the correct context. I was particularly struck when he mentioned the need for the church to celebrate it’s diversity when addressing differences of opinion. When you consider all the points that people take as an excuse to leave a church, Paul would direct those as moments when we should be loving and celebrating those different opinions through grace.

I ended the day early at the shelter owing to my tiredness. I did some laundry with the Scrubba bag. I need to record a video demonstrating this product soon to justify the demo item they gave me, but it’s saved me some money and been fairly useful so far.

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