I am not a Christian. I don’t go to church and I probably never will. I’m not a full blown neck beard atheist and I guess if I had to lable myself it would be an agnostic. All that said, recently I’ve found myself having a more open mind on religion. There are valuable lessons to be learned and traditional ways of thinking cannot be ignored. Today I’ll insights I’ve found in the good book and how I feel they apply. This is truly an outsiders point of view, but I respect everyone’s religious views. I intend on this to be a loose series and review of the Bible. I’ll write about my insights as I read on.
We all have major points in our lives, “pivots” as it were, where a major, often tragic, event happens and our live is turned in a completely different direction. December 21, 2017 is the two-year anniversary of one of those events for me.
Today I will be putting a rose on the grave of Evelyn Grace, the young daughter of one of my best friends. Having no kids of my own, I enjoy spending time with the kids of my friends and family. It lets gives me a taste of fatherhood and motivates me to work towards a family of my own. Whenever I would visit my friend and hang out with him and his wife, I would hold Evelyn, make faces at her and she would smile and wrinkle her big forehead (inherited from her father), and occasionally rock her to sleep on my shoulder. In many ways I loved her like she was a daughter of my own.
A few months after I got baptized into the LDS church, I had a good Protestant friend of mine invite me to go on this backpacking trip with him and his parents. I thought nothing of it, I hung out at their house many times over the years. My friend and his parents were always doing outdoor adventures. We start off at a meadow early, then climb up this mountain, then scramble along this ridge until we come to the trail to this lake. By the time we get there, it is late in the evening, and we set up camp.