It is an amazing thought that, in a few hours, our group will be across the world in the place we talk about every week – the Holy Land. It is far away, yet so close. I mean that in a geographical frame and also in a spiritual way. Ten hours of flight time and we will be standing on Holy Ground, seeing where Paul left the docks for his journey to Philippi (our current study). We will be where Jesus was born, where he died, and where he was seen by the disciples after his resurrection. It is just stunning to know that we will walk where Jesus walked. Wow!
The challenge is to carry that awe and wonder into our daily lives for weeks, months and years after we return. How can you journey to this place of the heart that draws you forever toward the Father and Messiah? Here’s the answer – the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit, the same one we pray for each week to join our hearts, our service, our fellowship during the prayer of invocation. For centuries, unless you lived there, you didn’t go to Israel. How did they draw close – the Holy Spirit.
This is a prayer I say regularly, will you join me in saying it now? “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in us the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy Your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
GREAT LOVE TO YOU ALL,