Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

Picture via Google Images

Above is a photo of a place known as the Baptistry of Lydia, the place where, tradition holds, Paul baptized Lydia. Notice the water running through the baptistry.

In preparation for worship on Sunday, May 5 read John 14:23-29. In this text, Jesus says to his followers, "Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you." Now read Acts 16:9-15. Where did Paul and his companions go on the Sabbath day? They went by the river where they expected to find a place of prayer.

Reflect on this for a moment. Paul expected the river to provide a place of prayer. In your life, how has water (streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc.) spoken to your heart and soul?

Take a few moments to meditate on the following photographs of water. How do they speak to you? Do you find peace in them? In what other places do you find peace? How often do you visit such beloved places?

Gala Water (countryside; Scottish borders) by James Denham via Wikimedia Commons
James River; Appalachian Mountains; Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway via Wikimedia Commons
Virginia Beach Sunset via Wikimedia Commons

Sycamore Shoals along the Watauga River in Elizabethton, TN by Brian Stansberry via Wikimedia Commons

St Martin's Cross, Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona, Scotland by Akela NDE via Wikimedia Commons

As you journey toward Sabbath rest, may you be blessed with holy peace, the peace of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 

I hope to see Sunday as we gather to worship and partake of Communion from the Lord's Table.


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