Our town doubled in size!
RAGBRAI is here!
The Des Moines “Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa,” (RAGBRAI), comes through our town every 7 or 8 years. They choose a different route every year and travel on the 2-lane highways from town to town. There are over 10,000 riders.
God has his eye on all of us! A 62-year-old rider suffered a heart attack but a state trooper just happened to be nearby with an AED! And he had just replaced the batteries. He saved his life and the man is doing well. God set that up for him!
1 Peter 1:2, “Not one is missing, not one forgotten. God the Father has His eye on each of you…” The Message
I remember RAGBRAI of 1997. I was president of Pence Pals, (a Parent-Teacher-Organization), at our elementary school. We sold lasagna dinners to raise money. I can still see Paul Greenig with a meat thermometer stuck in his shirt pocket.
I was working at the Foursquare Church and we hosted the “Skunk” Team. They wore black shirts with a white stripe down the back. Fran Cox made her homemade marinara and we sold them spaghetti.
The night before RAGBRAI came, they set up an oversized bike at the middle school. I took a picture of my three children standing in front of it. When they came in 2012, my daughter took a picture of our oldest son Luke holding our granddaughter Olivia.
This year, I opened the sliding glass door and took pictures from inside the house. They rode by on the street behind us. I could see them between my neighbor’s houses.
Then I scrolled through Facebook watching videos others shared. Some were negative. Most were positive. I slept soundly knowing God was watching.
1 Peter 3:22, “Jesus has the last word on everything and everyone, from angels to armies. He’s standing right alongside God, and what He says goes.” The Message
July 25, 2019: 1 Peter 1-3.
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