Getting Past Tragedy
Near Quebec City is beautiful Montmorency Falls. At 272 feet it is 99 feet taller than Niagara Falls. Nearby is elegant Manoir Montmorency restaurant, which we walked by as we hit the trail to the falls.
The grounds nearby are, like so much of Quebec, beautifully landscaped.
The falls were a short walk from where the bus let us off, but . . .
. . . we decided to walk to the top of the falls. I enjoyed seeing the berries, . . .
. . . wildflowers, . . .
. . . and roots along the trail.
Along the path . . .
. . . and from the suspension bridge across the top of the falls, . . .
. . . we could see the powerful rush of water over the precipice. I’m remembering that powerful flow today as we learn again about the devastation great quantities of water can cause. Just last year we were in Houston for a homeschool convention. This week Ray showed me a recent photograph of a Houston road under water, telling me that he thinks we may have driven on that very road. How much things can change in an instant.
I’m sure some people in the places that have been affected wonder if they can ever get past this great tragedy. The one truth that helps me most of all in times when I have that same question is this: the holy, sinless Son of God faced a completely undeserved and horrifically cruel death on the Cross for me, but God brought Him through in triumph.
In the days of His flesh, He offered up
both prayers and supplications
with loud crying and tears
to the One able to save Him from death,
and He was heard because of His piety.
Although He was a Son, He learned obedience
from the things which He suffered.
And having been made perfect,
He became to all those who obey Him
the source of eternal salvation . . .