Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Friday, July 2, 2010

Moving Right Along

It is startling to think that with the first of July comes the half-way mile post of the year.

We begin a year with much anticipation concerning what might be ahead, while at the same time making lists of what we plan. At years' end there is often the rehearsal of failed attempts with its litany of what-ifs and if-onlys. Perhaps, and best of all should be the rehearsal of the Lord's continued blessing, all the times His hand has guided, protected, kept.

But at the middle point of the year, what should be our thoughts? Much is still undecided, undeclared, unproduced. There have already been the accomplishments and failings, but there are also anticipated happenings yet to come about. For our family, for this year, happenings of wonder and grace among the known things!

So what are our thoughts? Perhaps we can follow the prophet of old who prayed:

"Oh Lord, revive Your work
in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make Yourself known!

So at the half way mark of the year, we can "shake off dull sloth" or whatever other "sin that so easily besets us" and travel forward.

We must, we shall travel with a refreshed, revived spirit ready to take on what is yet ahead.. to embrace either sorrow or joy, challenge or ease. All this because we know of a certainty our God is with us in the midst of the year/years.

As the prophet continues: "His ways are everlasting and His goings are of old."