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Montana Sunset


Montana Sunset
from Virginia City Hill

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Virginia City, Montana

Last night I was invited to join 16 other friends on an old firetruck tour of our nearby “Ghost Town” – old mining town – still our Madison County capitol – Virginia City.

The tour began around 7:45 pm. The driver spoke non-stop into his microphone and gave us a history of this town where gold brought 60,000 people to live and mine in the period from 1863 to around the beginning of 1900.

Sunset over the Tobacco Root Range

We watched the sun set as we listened to the fascinating stories of the Old West.

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Headed through the little one main road town on Highway 287, we passed the old courthouse, built in 1876, still beautiful and useful today.

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Heading up the hill, we passed the welcome sign, acknowledging that VC has been “Resisting change since 1863.”

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About 200 people call this home year-round … maybe double that number in the summertime. But, it’s a great tourist trap. Check it out on your AAA brochures! They give it 5 stars, I think.

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There are plenty of old homes on Main Street (287) and the street just above it. Don’t miss Elling House and the old stone Episcopal Church a couple blocks up the hill. Also, the old Opera House, with its great Vaudevillle type performances, at the west end of town is a must see!

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The sky kept getting prettier and prettier!

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We stopped at the top of Virginia City Hill by an old cemetery for some appetizers at about 8:45 pm…

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…and continued to admire the sunset.

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It was dazzling!

And as the sliver of a moon began to shine in a darkening sky, we headed home.

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I hope you had a lovely Wednesday evening, too.

Have a great Thursday!
Just love one another…

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See ya later!

Paying Attention


For those of you who are new to following JanBeek,
let me explain.

I take sermon notes in poetry when I listen
to the Pastor’s message each Sunday.

Here are my notes from today’s sermon.
It was preached by a guest in the pulpit,

Retired Presbyterian minister (and friend of mine),
Rev. Steve Hundley. What a gift!!

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Paying Attention
(a reflection on the Scripture in Luke 2:21-40)

When we remember our history
And travel thoughtfully through it,
We take a journey of understanding
To truly comprehend life as Jesus knew it.

We can’t take a plane through Christmas
And miss the trip along the way.
We need to slowly walk before and after
And bring Jesus into our life today.

Mary and Joseph probably had a hard time
Understanding the meaning of Jesus’ birth.
There they were in Bethlehem
Wondering what this baby really was worth.

Simeon told them Jesus was “The Light.”
His power would bring glory to the Israeli people.
That must have puzzled those in the temple.
God’s spirit came upon those under the temple steeple.

Have we, like Simeon, seen God’s salvation?
Do we know the Redeemer has come?
Jesus came to honor roots and bring wings.
He came for eternal life for all – not just some.

God is with us every day of our life.
We can’t fly in and out of the Christmas season.
We need to come, meet, greet, and stay.
For Christmas is every day – for good reason!

Amen?

P.S.
Sometimes we have to take the LONG ROAD
in order to make it Home.

Heartache


The Hearings

The heartache

Of yesterday’s

Dying day

Will live on

In our memories

As cinders

In the heap

Of society’s sorrows.

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