I have started reading Eugene Petersons book, ‘A long obedience in the same direction”. Do you know when you find a book and love it, and become an evangelist for it, and then discover its actually been around for a long time and loads of people enjoyed it years ago. But for me it is fresh and new because I have never read it before!
As I reflect on the year just gone it has helped me, even the title. There has been so much change, some of it gut wrenching and difficult. Other change has been exhilarating as we see why God has led us to this place. What remains constant is the mission. Obeying God, and encouraging others to say yes to Jesus. Peterson has gone to heaven to hear those words we all desire, and I have no doubt he heard them. Life marches on and it waits for no one. At some point in history I will be gone. But for the moment I am focused on the same direction.
Having Jesus as the constant theme and energy in our lives gives us a deep sense that despite the change, some things are more important than our comfort.
Owning the pain and loss in the midst of a superb church and wonderful opportunity takes some getting used to.
The earnest prayers of a righteous person avails much. Dealing with difficult things forces us back to prayer and faith….and hope.
Jesus is real, and the Holy Spirit is in the life changing and miraculous business still.