Posted by: pastordiehl   in Uncategorized

While on our vacation in Arizona, we rode on the Grand Canyon Railroad from Williams, on Route 66 and a former copper mining community, directly to the Grand Canyon. It was a nice ride with a maximum speed of 40 mph. On our way there we were entertained by a guitarist who sang several country western songs and did a bit of yodeling for us.

On our return trip we were likewise entertained by a native American named Clarence Clearwater who sang some traditional and humorous songs. In the beginning of his program he told a little about himself and said that he refused to perform where alcohol was served because of his spiritual beliefs. I didn’t quite know what an American Indian meant by “spiritual beliefs”.

His last song was leading us to sing together ‘How Great Thou Art’. Having just spent two hours awe-stricken by the Grand Canyon, this song had meaning for everyone aboard and he had everyone participating. Here was a man who had to watch himself as an employee of the railroad, yet he found a way to make everyone think about God in his brief presentation. Now, that’s a Disciple-maker if I ever saw one.


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BJ and I stayed at the KOA cabin in Williams in 2005. Wish we could have met Clarence. We do relate to “How Great Thou Art” as experienced at the Grand Canyon. Some really, really great memories. So glad you and Anita got to go for a fun, but awesome time of renewal.

March 24th, 2012 at 8:27 am

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