Saturday September 15, 2018

Psalm 73:1-17 A Psalm of Asaph. 1 Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pain; their bodies are sound and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not plagued like other people. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them like a garment. Their eyes swell out with fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues range over the earth. Therefore the people turn and praise them, and find no fault in them.

We had grand plans today. Go to Magdeburg for the German national karate sparring tournament and then catch another train to Eisenach for a fair (rides, games, food, etc). We bought the train tickets for both trains, but alas we stumbled.

We started the morning late and didn’t leave at the planned 9:00, instead we least at 11:00. The train to Magdeburg stopped one stop short of where needed to be and we all had to disembark. So we walked to the the arena for the tournament (2 miles), but not without a stop to play at the Elbe River (skipping rocks, playing with sticks, and bouncing of rocks).

David really enjoyed watching the tournament and we stayed to about an hour.

We then found out that the Ernterndankfest in Magdeburg was happening about a 15 minute walk from where we were. We had a quick conversation with the kids and learned that René, Susi, and Emma were also heading to Magdeburg for the day. The kids agreed that they would like to skip the fair in Eisenach and stay in Magdeburg for the afternoon and then have dinner with the Hoffman’s.

So off to the Erterndankfest we went and were surprised to find a Fall Festival happening. There were animals to see, food carts, beer, flowers, gourds, live music, etc. We stayed for a couple of hours and then headed by tram to meet up with the Hoffman’s for dinner. We had so much fun, as usual, with these amazing people. Anjali ended up going home with them after dinner to spend some extra time with Emma. René brought her home when he came over for some beers later that evening to watch (aka: listen to) the Michigan football game with Jeff.

Again, I got frustrated that our plans didn’t work, but His plans were better. When am I going to learn?

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