Love the Journey

As this newsletter goes to press, we are in the middle of an African Prayer Safari with our Vacation Bible School children and staff.  On this safari journey, we have met new people, tried new foods, learned about animals, and learned to pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Amy Stamatiou has done a great job as our Head Safari Guide—watch for her full report (and thank you note) in the August newsletter.

There are many accounts of journeys in the Bible.  Abraham listened to God’s call to leave his family home in Haran and go to the place God would give to his descendants.  Joseph journeyed to Egypt and eventually Moses led the children Israel out of slavery back to the Promised Land.   Paul and other apostles embarked on long journeys as they took the Good News to every place in the known world.  These trips were not vacations, but they remind us that it is good to go to new places, meet new people and see new things.  It is also good to go home again, and to visit families.

Many of us this summer will take trips that are a combination of new places and familiar people.  Some of us will travel by car and some by airplane.  Some will even hike for days to get to a place of rest.  However we travel, God goes along with us.  As you rest, you will find spiritual refreshment if you take a devotional book and your Bible along with you.  Maybe your summer reading will include a thought –provoking book like “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson or “Picking Cotton” by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton.  These are two of my recent favorites and would be good discussion starters in the fall.

In her book, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith Anne Lamott describes what happens when a person was leaving for a trip: “’Traveling mercies,’ the old people at our church said to her when she left.  This is what they always say when one of us goes off for a while.  Traveling mercies: love the journey, God is with you, come home safe and sound.” Traveling mercies means that however you travel this summer, even if it is by book or by watching your favorite travel program on TV, you are held in the prayers of the people of God.  Our traveling is not always for fun.  Some people might be taking off for a new job somewhere else in the country.  Some are perhaps moving into a new home.  Some might be traveling for study and some might be traveling for work.  Wherever your travel leads you this summer, love the journey, God is with you, come home safe and sound!

Blessings of peace and relaxation be with you all,

Pastor Jocelyn