The mighty Missouri river is formed from springs and melting snow in the Great Park and upon the Bitterroot and Ruby Mountains.  They meet at a pivotal fork and from that point begin a journey, first passing through the Gates, then the Falls and finally the Breaks, all before ending at the highway of the Saints.  Lewis and Clark began from the end and found the beginning; which to their dismay, was not at all what they expected.  Sometimes our expectations precede the journey where the hand of man has never set foot!  “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve”.  The ending point, is only clear when we can truly understand where we should have started?  When the great Missouri collides with the mighty Mississippi, this powerful confluence is quit a different hue than those clear waters trickling from the grassy meadows in the Great Park.  Paul said: “And yet for this reason I found mercy, in order that in me as the foremost (blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. And yet I was shown mercy.).  Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience”.  Sometimes, you can only understand the patience of the saints and the road they’ve chosen by seeing where they first began.  To jump in headlong at the great confluence may seem like a grand event; but, the story here at this point is deep, muddy and the power is beyond you.  You must go high into the places like the Bitterroot and the Ruby to find waters you can wade.  Here, you can clearly see the grace of the melt, which is able to wash away the mud while you stand upon the rivers base; then, you may follow the current that eventually ends at the highway of the saints.  If you choose at first to dive in at the great confluence hoping to show some grand sacrifice; that you might, and you will probably be, as both Meriwether and William were, disappointed at best and searching for an alternative route, lest you be dragged under.  The question would be asked, “What was the motive of this man who threw himself into these great waters”?  The starting point, were we first feel the current and steadying ourselves upon the stones beneath our feet, tells us everything we need to know and may take a lifetime to know it.   Ain’t it so!

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