Studying the Song of Solomon has been one of the highlights of my life, but it’s finally come to an end (at least for now). This post will serve as the final “bookend” on my blog, but it will be the first post that comes up for anyone who scrolls down the right-hand side of Summer Setting’s home page and clicks on the “Rise Up, My Love” tab. Therefore, for anyone who would like to read the posts beginning at the beginning rather starting at the end, I wanted to let you know that you can access the entries sequentially on my home page by typing into the window box that has the word “Search” next to it in the upper right-hand area of the page. For example, if you type in: Rise Up, My Love (1) and then hit “Search,” it will bring up the first post, which was written exactly six years years ago, on October 7, 2012. Here’s the link:
If you have any thoughts or questions to share, I’d love to have you post them in the comment box below. May God bless you in your journey toward finding, knowing, loving, and surrendering to the God of the Universe, who loves you, and me, and all of us, more than we will ever comprehend!
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).
Our trip home from Rochester back to Michigan took us across the Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, New York with Niagara Falls, Ontario. Did you know that the water under the bridge is more than 175′ deep and that in just one minute an estimated 6 billion pounds of water cross under the bridge? I can see how the bridge got its name, because no matter where you look, on a sunny day rainbows follow you everywhere! “Niagara” comes from a Mohawk word meaning “neck,” and the Niagara Falls are actually comprised of 3 falls that flow at the neck of the Niagara River Gorge, where Lake Erie drains into Lake Ontario. The 3 falls are named: “Horseshoe Falls” (in the back…the most powerful single waterfall in North America and jointly owned by both Canada and the U.S.), “Bridal Veil Falls” (the smallest of the 3, and on the left in this picture), and the American Falls. (The last two falls are entirely in the U.S.)* Although the vertical drop of the 3 falls is not extremely high (only about 165′),* because the Niagara River is so wide and deep, the combined falls form the world’s highest flow rate, with as much as 6 million cubic feet (and I have no clue how many pounds) of water falling over the crest line every minute during high flow times! On our way home, Joel and I couldn’t resist stopping at Niagara Falls State Park
(which, incidentally, is America’s oldest state park and was established in 1885)for a short hike to Luna Island (where you get the most intimate views of both the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls). Then we explored Goat Island,
where we’d hoped to enjoy spectacular views of Horseshoe Falls. Alas, it was not to be this trip, because they’re doing very major renovations. So, if you’d like to visit Niagara still in 2015, I’d suggest saving some time to view Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian side. Or, you could do what Aaron’s family had done the night before: Take an exciting ride to the base of the falls on a Maid of the Mist boat! It’s a super exciting experience, and I’m sure you’ll be thrilled if you go! 🙂 The lines are long, so I’d definitely suggest buying your tickets ahead. Joel and I were on a tight schedule, so we just grabbed a quick bite
(the chicken salad with concord grape dressing was really yummy) & enjoyed lunch under a huge wisteria arbor before heading toward home again. However, I’m already dreaming of going back with Alan some time
to take a ride on one of their Maid of the Mist boats! I have to confess, it’s impossible to look at the falls without being keenly aware of their tremendous power and the fact that if anyone fell in, he’d surely die! Do you ever have a fear of falling? I do, so I’m thankful for protective fences and a loving Father who is constantly watching over me! “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.” (Jude 24-25)
(The two pictures with an asterisk and all the pictures of Aaron’s family are used by their permission. They visited just the night before we did!)