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Finding Our Way – A Trip to the Past

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Throughout the history of my ministry with Embrace Richmond, there have been many divergent paths. Once again I am standing at that proverbial fork in the road trying to discern which way to go.

I spent several hours this morning biking and hiking the trails at Pocahontas State Park and praying about this coming year. After making many path choices, my bike trail ended at the CCC Museum, so I entered the building with two goals; first, to find a restroom and secondly to see if in our history, I could discern a clue to our future.  Unfortunately, the museum has no public restroom, but thankfully the hostess, whose name is Lois, was kind enough to give me a history lesson about the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps.  Below is a summary of what I learned.  These words were taken from the museum brochure:

“By March of 1933, 13,600,000 people were unemployed in the United States.  In the face of this emergency, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, only two days after his inauguration, called a meeting of the government officials to create a Civilian Conservation Corps.  In its nine years, the CCC employed more than three million men and left an undeniable imprint on the nation’s landscape.  The CCC built more than 40,000 bridges, planted 2 billion trees, restored nearly 4,000 historic sites and structures, improved thousands of beaches, roads, shorelines, and created 800 state parks.”

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