11-6-15 Daily E-Votional

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Ezra 7:27-28, 8:21-36

It’s a special day of celebration for John and I. On this day, seventeen years ago, John and I met each other face-to-face for the very first time. Our mutual friend, Carol, provided us with email addresses in August of that year and that set our relationship in motion. Over the course of several months, John and I corresponded by email, snail mail, and phone. Before I met John face-to-face, I was very sure that I would marry him. He had not asked me at that time and did not “pop the question” for another year, but it was already clear to me that he was my soulmate.

Seventeen years ago on this date, I was concluding my first week of Interim Ministry Training in St. Louis, MO. Carol suggested that John meet me in St. Louis and she would do a “ceremony of meeting.” John drove to St. Louis from Colorado as I finished my week of training. Carol organized things so that John and I would meet in the chapel at the retreat center. Carol escorted John into the chapel and had him stand facing the wall. Then Carol brought me into the chapel and had me face the opposite wall. Only a small distance apart, our backs were facing each other. As Carol read the scripture from Isaiah 43:1 (But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” Carol invited John and I to turn and call each other by name.

Before the day we met, there was a lot of life John and I had experienced in different places in life. Each of us had journeyed a long way by the time we actually met each other. Had we not taken the journey, we probably wouldn’t have been ready for God’s awesome gift to us in the gift of each other.

8:21 I proclaimed a fast there beside the Ahava Canal, a fast to humble ourselves before our God and pray for wise guidance for our journey—all our people and possessions. 22 I was embarrassed to ask the king for a cavalry bodyguard to protect us from bandits on the road. We had just told the king, “Our God lovingly looks after all those who seek him, but turns away in disgust from those who leave him.”

The trek that Ezra and the others with him took from Ahava Canal to Jerusalem was somewhere around 900 miles. It most likely took around 110 days to complete the journey. For those of you doing the math, that’s about 9 miles a day which seems pretty slow in today’s terms. Remember, it’s a large group of people moving together and it was certainly not a paved road.

When have you been on a long journey in life? When did that long journey encompass many miles to travel? When have you gone on a journey that involved a personal journey inside you? When have you felt like you were traveling about 9 miles a day in your work? Did it feel like slugging along or moving at a pretty good clip? Does time for you seem to linger at a snail’s pace, zoom right along, or move at a pretty even keel?   Have a day!

In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you how far they think they could walk in a day

Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson

Remember in Prayer: Barb, Carol & family, Jan, Kathy & family, Jane, Peace & Comfort for the families of Jim & Linda, Churches in transition, Sue’s family & friends, Amy, Carla’s mom & family, Phyllis & family, Natalie, Mary, Vivian, Martha, Pastor Kamya, Bonnie & Courtney, Mark, Michael, Kelly, Sawyer, Patrick, Roger, Katie, Marnie, Missy, Jeremy, Ginger, Jean, Frank, and for all those in need of God’s healing.

And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Jim, Martha, Joyce, Jim & Linda, Sue, Ward, Amy, Jim, Clayton, Moe, Dot, Judy, John, Roberto, Todd, Loisanne, Karen, Bill

Prayer: Gracious God, we thank you so much for loving us and guiding our days. Help us in each day to honor the moments you give us. Protect us on the journey and may we always be close to you in all that we do and say. Amen

Your E-Votional Servant

Lucia

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One Comment on “11-6-15 Daily E-Votional”

  1. lgbpat@aol.com Says:

    Happy Meeting Anniversary! Love the picture!


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