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