Wednesday 24 February 2010

journeying, travelling and shining

journeying with faith travelling in hope and shining with love copy

DSC_0088 cropped What do I expect from each day? More to the point, what do others expect of me? Looking back at the manner in which the day’s journey has unfolded will reveal this winding pathway of expectation, with all its twists, turns and moments of confusion as to the way ahead. The vantage point of the day’s end has much to teach us if we are to travel wisely and well. The journey of faith is no different. It is good to have companions with whom to reflect and share the way in retrospect like this. Trusted friends who will listen carefully to our tales of  blisters and blessing, waymarks and wonder, turning points and trepidation along the path. From such understanding comes the encouragement and commitment to continue the journey and face all that is in prospect or is as yet hidden and unexpected.

For Christians discipleship is as much about the manner in which we travel as the destination we have in mind. It is all well and good to say that I want to live a more godly life, but how am I going to get there? Looking back at the life of Jesus and the message of the early church from the viewpoint of the Bible it seems to me that if we make our way by journeying with Faith, travelling in Hope and shining with Love, we stand a very good chance of following in his footsteps. Wherever that leads us.

So you'll go out in joy,  you'll be led into a whole and complete life (Isaiah 55:12)

O God, you are my God, I seek you (Psalm 63:1)

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