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If all goes as planned, we should be docked in Vancouver, British Columbia, before this blog is posted this morning. Since it was less expensive to spend the night here in Vancouver and fly home on Tuesday than to fly home on Monday, we are here for the day. We have in mind two parks we could visit today. One has museums and the other is along the Pacific Ocean.

I definitely want to spend some time looking out over the Pacific–maybe most of the day. Pacific means peaceful. After all we have seen and heard and felt of God’s glorious Creation, the idea of sitting quietly beside the largest ocean in the world sounds nice.

From Nashville to Anchorage to Denali to Vancouver, we have covered approximately 6,000 miles–and we still aren’t home yet! If we had been traveling around the equator, we would have covered one-fourth of the distance!

Looking out at the Pacific after a trip like that can give us some perspective. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Pacific holds more than half of the free water on Earth (I’m not sure what NOAA means by free water, but still that’s a lot of water). All of the continents on earth would fit in the space taken up by the Pacific Ocean.

Peace, a childhood with peace–now that’s a perfect gift for every child. No home will have peace always, but every child deserves the opportunity to know what peace is–and often.

Paul told the Christians at Philippi:

The things you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me,
practice these things,
and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9

And Happy Labor Day! This is my first Labor Day ever to be away from America!


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