A favorite Biblical text for me is Matthew 28:16-20, which reads, “16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (NRSV). These words came to a new level of meaning a couple of weeks ago when I went with friends to Lake Superior for a weekend of camping, kayaking and canoeing.

The plan was to kayak one day and canoe the next. The weather forced other plans. Strong winds are not conducive for open-water kayaking. And the winds were strong the day we were originally scheduled to kayak. Plan B found us canoeing for seven miles the morning of the same day we kayaked for three hours on open water. By the time we were done with both aquatic adventures all of us were bone tired. All of us admitted that we weren’t sure we were going to make it all the way … all the way to the end of the canoe trip or all the way back to shore, against the current, on Lake Superior.

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