Rock of Ages-new help from an old hymn

At the most southerly tip of the British Isles lies a tiny group of rocky islands called the Scillies. They look like they've been kicked out into the Atlantic by England's boot. When I first saw them, I could understand why rock has come to stand for something ageless, timeless, unmovable, and indestructible.

As a traveler myself, I found the image of a weary traveler finding shelter and refuge beneath a great rock very appealing. This made me think about the ideas expressed in the old hymn "Rock of Ages," which begins, "Rock of Ages, cleft for me, / Let me hide myself in Thee. ..."

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DEAR DAD
July 2, 2001
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