Last week, our neighbors who live just a mile up the road invited us over for horse-drawn cart rides. First, the children (and adults) enjoyed several rides in the cart drawn by the pony named Miracle.
Next, David and Gracia took turns riding the pony named Lovey.
Finally, Isabella rode Oliver. She was a little unsure mounting him because he stands over 16 hands high! Isabella commented that the ground looked so far away. Once she was on and rode a few laps with him, she settled right in.
We enjoyed our visit with our new friends. Although we only live a mile apart, we just met this last year because of a common yet unwanted bond that we share. In August 2012, our neighbors’ daughter tragically died in an automobile accident. Though we would have never chosen the circumstances that brought us together, it is encouraging and comforting to have each other to share our heartaches and hope.
Who by him (Jesus) do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. (1Pe 1:21, emphasis added)
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. (1Th 5:9-11)
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. (2Co 1:3-4)