Falling in love in the Huerfano Valley

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Falling in love in the Huerfano Valley

Postby kiddrockies » Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:40 am

The Huerfano

August, 2004

A thunderstorm had swept through the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the
late afternoon. As evening fell, the remnants of the storm clouds were
aflame from the sun as it set behind a ridge to the west. A full moon
was on the opposite horizon, climbing the sky above a range of peaks.
The mountains were a deep reddish-brown, illustrating the name of the
range: Sangre de Cristo * blood of Christ.
The Huerfano Valley was ranch country, dissected by the Huerfano
River. It was remote and lonely; its name aptly means "orphan." I'd
been driving up the river scouting out Lindsey Peak for a possible climb
the following day. Due to the storm, the road was too muddy for
passage, so I'd turned back. It wasn't disappointing; to the contrary,
I was happy to have an easy day ahead. It was a relaxing, peaceful
drive back down the river. The air felt wonderful. I didn't want to
leave that place. Stopping along the side of the dirt road, I brewed up
some hot green tea and just marveled at the valley. There was a perfect
echo off of a nearby rock and I decided to read the 42nd Psalm to it.
"As the deer pants for the water brook, so my heart pants for you, oh
God." It returned the words to me. Then, something happened that
changed me forever.
As I set my Bible down and stood quietly, looking up at the
moon, my heart was invaded by a deep spirit of gratitude. It came from
outside-in, and it was overwhelming. Summer was ending, and it had been
a magnificent time. My son, Micah, and some of our friends had climbed
several awesome peaks in early July * some of the best times I'd ever
had. Then, I'd returned to the mountains and climbed several more peaks
including Longs Peak * a Rocky Mountain classic. It was a healing time.
My life was starting to become hopeful and happy again after a painful
divorce three years earlier. God was "restoring my soul, and leading me
in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake."
So there I stood: grateful, joyful, crying* and it was then
that I fell in love with my Father.
I'd lived 46 years wondering if I truly loved God. I knew He was worthy
of love, and that we are commanded to love Him. I knew God had blessed
me and was at work in my life. Still, I didn't know that I loved Him
until this night. It is the sweetest feeling I've ever known. A
grateful heart was given to me by the Holy Spirit, and my only response
was to love Him. I did then, surely and certainly, and I do now. I
love Him dearly.
I confidently place all my trust in the Sangre de Cristo. I joyfully
walk in that Spirit that's blessed me. And I am no huerfano; God is my
Father and I am his child, and we love each other. "Blessed be the name
of the Lord."
The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hind's feet, and He will make me to walk upon the high places.
Habakkuk 3:19

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.
Matthew 14:23
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Postby RenoBob » Mon Apr 10, 2006 11:26 pm

Kidd:
Good post. I'm always happy to hear about someone that fills the gap in their lives that has left them incomplete. I don't know if everyone on this website will truely appreciate what you have been witness to, but everyone will acknowledge the special bond we all have with nature. Thanks for sharing.
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Postby doggler » Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:50 am

RenoBob wrote:Kidd:
Good post. I'm always happy to hear about someone that fills the gap in their lives that has left them incomplete. I don't know if everyone on this website will truely appreciate what you have been witness to, but everyone will acknowledge the special bond we all have with nature. Thanks for sharing.


Thank you for saying what I wanted to say. :)
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Argh

Postby grouse » Tue Apr 11, 2006 12:39 pm

Preachy crap like this makes me want to throw up. :evil:
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Postby doumall » Tue Apr 11, 2006 2:53 pm

This makes me feel a little loose in the bowels too, but it isnt offensive. At least he isnt trying to say we should follow the same lifestyle.

Different strokes grouse...
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Re: Argh

Postby Jcwhite » Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:02 pm

grouse wrote:Preachy crap like this makes me want to puke. :twisted: I have a bible but I only use it to level my kitchen table...it fit perfectly!

I was reminded of an appropriate Filter song when I read this post...


Regardless of what you believe (or dont believe) that was a very inappropriate response to something this person believes and/or feels, and something I'm sure many of us could relate to. His post was non aggressive, yours was offensive.
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Postby grouse » Tue Apr 11, 2006 5:59 pm

If it helps, I wish to replace 'puke' with 'throw up'.
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Postby RenoBob » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:11 pm

Grouse:
You need to take a serious look at your intolerance. I always thought the members/readers of 14ers.com were a cut above the the ignorant rabble but you've proved that wrong. Wish I could help you, but doubt that would do much good.
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Postby grouse » Wed Apr 12, 2006 4:57 am

RenoBob:
I always thought we could visit 14ers.com without seeing the religious postings. It goes both ways.
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Postby GoldenBrowns » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:06 am

RenoBob wrote:Grouse:
Wish I could help you, but doubt that would do much good.


You are right about intolerance, RenoBob. Must we filter any expression of joy as not to risk offense of the lowest common denominator? I don't think so. I only hope that grouse finds peace and grace with maturity. I am not offended by Kiddrockies expression of spiritual growth on his journey, I am glad that he shared it.
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Postby grouse » Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:16 am

It is interesting that you think I lack peace or maturity just because I expressed an opinion against religion. Isn't that intolerance? Again, it goes both ways my fellow humans...
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Postby Mountainman18 » Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:29 pm

Grouse,
It's intolerant people like you that make ME want to puke!

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