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Cruise North

Posted on | September 29, 2017 | 3 Responses

By Stan Key

I know the Bible says we can’t even imagine the amazing things God has prepared for those who love him (I Cor. 2:9), but I never dreamed such a reality would take me on an all-expenses-paid Alaskan cruise! This August, I was invited to be the daily Bible teacher for a group of doctors (and spouses) on a cruise sponsored by the Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA). We sailed through majestic beauty and enjoyed culinary delights and family-friendly entertainment on board the Emerald Princess. With stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria, the group interspersed our study of God’s Word with excursions to a wide variety of options: whale watching, glacier climbing, salmon fishing, dog sledding, helicopter riding, etc. My choice was to take a train ride from Skagway up, up, up to White Pass. This was the path followed by the hopeful “stampeders” over a century ago during the Klondike gold rush. Magnificent!

CMDA Alaska Trip - scenery 2The pristine grandeur of snow-capped mountains, blue-tinted ice bergs, rocky fiords, and turquoise-colored water caused me often to pause and sing: “Oh, Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds thy hands have made… then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to thee…”

And what a delightful group of doctors and spouses! It was sometimes challenging to get focused on the Word of God in such a setting, but for ten sessions, we took a different journey—through Scripture, studying “The Geography of Salvation.” After eight days, when we finally docked again in Seattle and said good-bye, many commented that the times in the Bible were deeply meaningful. Dr. Gene Rudd, Senior VP at CMDA and our host for the cruise, said:

Stan Key has obviously been sitting at the feet of Jesus, learning to model His words and deeds. While he is a masterful expositor of the Word, he also takes time for individuals: to love them, enjoy their fellowship, have fun, as well as minister to their needs. Hearing and being around Stan inspires me to be more like Christ.

For me, the only flaw in an otherwise perfect setting was the absence of Katy. It was simply too daunting to imagine working with a wheel chair on planes, boats, cabs, and trains. Katy stayed with our daughter Elisabeth and her husband, Ben, and son, Josiah (age 14 months) in Chicago while I was away.

Comments

3 Responses to “Cruise North”

  1. Jim
    October 1st, 2017 @ 8:14 am

    Sounds like you had a fabulous trip! I would have enjoyed soaking it up. Blessings on you, Stan.

  2. Christa Witherell
    October 2nd, 2017 @ 12:11 pm

    Sounds like it was great! Thanks for ministering to doctors and their spouses and for writing about the trip!

  3. Sandy Arnold
    October 3rd, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

    Sounds like the trip was a blessing in the giving (to the docs and spouses) and the receiving. Though Katy was sorely missed, I can only imagine how you enjoyed sharing and she hearing the exploits and seeing the pictures. And she was able to have sweet time with Liz, Ben and Josiah.

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