Returning home through California, a cowboy from Yukon Territory told Montana they would experience baked alaska the next day. As they reached a sun-salted basin between mountain ranges, Montana focused on the delicate petals of the cactus flowers as his creamy confection dreams melted.
“Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.
I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.”
—Psalm 77:8-12 KJV
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Sacramento, California: During the long trail ride back to Orchard Valley, Montana shared stories with Susanna from his visit to his brother’s peach orchard in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. “When I learned that you had married Sheriff Hueston, I didn’t have too long to mope. Jeb wrote and asked for my help in replenishing his orchard and rebuilding his barn that had burned during the war. Caleb and Rosita sent me off with a sack of fresh apple empanadas.”
“Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts:”
—Haggai 2:4 KJV
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“Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever? knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren?”
—2 Samuel 2:26 KJV
“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”
—Psalm 18:1-3 KJV