"Sunlight into the Clouds" (C) Allen Pearson Photography
An Anchor For the Soul
By Max Lucado
Sometimes we just run out of hope. When we do, where can we turn? Hebrews 6:19-20 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”
The anchor has one purpose—to steady the boat. You and I need a good anchor. Why? Because you have a valuable vessel—your soul. When God breathed into Adam, he gave him more than oxygen, he gave him a soul. The anchor for the soul is set, not on a boat or person or possession, but it is set in the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where Jesus has entered on our behalf. In other words, our anchor is set in the very throne room of God. Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, or disappointment—they cannot take your hope, because they cannot take your Jesus.
A friend alerted me one December day to an intermodal being led by Norfolk Southern's Monongahela Heritage unit was coming through Manassas/Bristow. So, I headed out to one of my favorite places to wait for it. I waited around 2 1/2 hours when it finally arrived. Railfanning can be a lot of waiting for trains to arrive so I usually take some magazines or books with me. And, of course, my dog Noah goes with me too!
In 2012, Norfolk Southern Railway was celebrating their 30th Anniversary they included the Monongahela Railway to the list of railroads they would honor with a Heritage Unit paint scheme. The locomotive was to be a GE ES44AC equipped with electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brakes and dual mode distributed power, important features for hauling unit coal trains.
The Monongahela Railway was created in 1901 by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. The primary function, which it still does today though as Norfolk Southern, is to haul coal out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The base operations located in Brownsville, Pennsylvania.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad acquired a third stake in it in 1927. It merged with Conrail in 1993.
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