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Updated: 11/08/2017 10:50:04AM

The Optimistic Explorer

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Medical waiting rooms provide interesting encounters. Hurting and sometimes fearful people are prime prospects for encouraging words and are often receptive to invitations to faith. Occasionally, there’s even a memorable article in one of the magazines provided for impatient patients that makes the wait worthwhile.

Such was the case not long ago when, awaiting my turn for a routine physical, the intriguing account of Lewis and Clark’s epic explorations caught my eye and then my attention. The scenery, the descriptions of hair-raising adventures, and the mystery of history made this wait worthwhile, but one statement by Captain Clark towered above all the rest.

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