Carol and I drove down to Manchester, CT, where we walked through the many different gardens of Wickham Park. It was a beautiful, relaxing time.
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Carol and I ventured southward to historic Wethersfield, CT, just south of Hartford. The town dates back to 1634 and boasts that General George Washington helped plan the battle of Yorktown in their town. It was a bit of a cool day to go for a stroll, but it was interesting nonetheless. We concluded we need to return in the summertime to see it when it is green.
On Saturday, Carol and I took a drive a view the fall colors in New England. We made a stop at Kent Falls State Park in Connecticut. We saw a tree that was a fitting illustration of life.
The tree appears to have a good start and a solid base. At first, it grew straight and true. But then, whether because of a knot that developed, a storm with strong winds that pushed on the tree, or difficult seasons, the tree began to grow in a crooked path. Perhaps a few branches broke off as it continued upwards. Regardless of the factors, the tree kept its focus on the sun and grew upwards producing beauty and leaves.
As Christ followers, we have to make sure we are planted by streams of living water (Psalm 1). We submit to the master grower and allow him to prune unnecessary branches from our lives and correct crooked limbs so we can grow upwards and become fruitful (John 15:1-11). As we keep our focus upwards towards the Son and gain nourishment from his Word, we too can become strong, fruitful, and produce beauty in our world.
Psalm 1:1–6 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
John 15:1–8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
To celebrate the 4th of July, Carol and I headed north to Woodstock, VT, where we visited the Billings Farm & Museum, a working dairy farm that dates back to the 1890’s. They had a special program for the day, An Old Vermont 4th. The program included speeches by Nathan Hale, a reading of the Declaration of Independence by a local Boy Scout troop, making strawberry ice cream (yummy), and tours of the farmhouse and grounds.
On the way home, we stopped by the Taftsville Covered Bridge and dam.
We ended our excursion with an early dinner at Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue in Windsor, CT. It was an enjoyable, educational day.
Today, Carol and I ventured to the Connecticut coast to visit the Mystic Seaport, a picturesque fishing village that dates back to the 19th Century. It provided an interesting look into America’s seafaring past with exhibits of whaling and oyster boats. They’ve done a beautiful job restoring the whaling vessel, the Charles W. Morgan. Well worth the trip.
This afternoon, we ventured south to East Haddam, CT, to visit the Gillette Castle State Park. The house sits atop a mountain range known as the Seven Sisters. It was built by William Hooker Gillette, noted actor, director, and playwright. He was probably best known for his portrayal on stage of Sherlock Holmes in the early part of the 20th Century. It is a unique home with a beautiful view of the Connecticut River and surrounding countryside. We enjoyed our visit and tour of the house.