I think with each life there is something that is a constant. Something that is part of our lives from childhood on. For me, it is the Allegheny River.
The river runs through the center of our town. As a child my Dad would take my sisters and I to the borough where he was born and grew up. There is a place called Alcorn Island and there we would picnic and swim. We would spend the day skipping rocks on the river, throwing rocks in the river and splashing around.
We could see the river from our front porch of the house I grew up in. We would watch rain and storms coming up the river and know when it would hit our house.
In winter the river would ice over and in the spring there would be ice jams and flooding when the ice would eventually melt. We watched the river rise and fall.
As a teen ager I watched the boy who is now my dear hubby race down the river in a canoe. He won first place and I remember driving down roads watching the river to see where he was at any given moment.
The river is part of me. It is something that welcomes me home as we drive into town. It is something that follows me as I leave town. It is a constant in my life.
When we drove to my class reunion, the river was on my left side. Hubby and I talked about the river, as we usually do when we drive into town. The river is up he says… I agree. It is higher than I have seen in a long time he says… again, I agree. It is a gentle moving conversation, sort of like the water flowing beside us. It’s good to see the water high again. This river was never meant to be able to be walked across like we saw it the last time we were home. It’s banks were full and it looked healthy, if a river can look that way.
One of the days we were home was spent at the boat club on the river. I spent the day marvelling at it. It was a most relaxing day. The river is a constant in my life. It is a gift to me from our Father in heaven. I know it is not just my gift, but I know how much it blesses me.
Here are some of the pictures of my river, I wanted to share with you.
Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your visit.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength. Psalm 23 (New Living Translation)