I am grateful to be back with our children and am looking forward to worshipping and leading worship today with my home congregation Lloyd Presbyterian Church. After Tom and I get organized, we will present our pictures and some of our experiences and learnings.
For now, I am basking in the beauty of such delightful memories and deepening of faith. To experience in a fresh way the presence of Christ in his hometowns and place of crucifixtion and resurrection just brings tears to my eyes. I am envisioning the sea of Galilee, Golgotha and the Garden tomb. It is a deeper dimension of my relationship with Jesus Christ and it was such a blessing to share this with my husband and old and new friends.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. If it were my time, I ‘d be ready for heaven now. Thanks to the WFU divinity school for the structural support and for allowing non enrolled students to participate. I am sure this pilgrimage will impact me, my family and congregation for many years to come. It is nice to have gifts around as reminders that we were actually in the Holy Land. We will continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. the reconciling of all peoples and religions and try to act as directed.
Lloyd Presbyterian will be donating school supplies for local children through the Grandfather Home.
We missed our pastor, Laura Spangler, yesterday but heard the uplifting sermon by Rev. Irma Scott. Her message was never forgetting the blood Jesus shed for each of us especially in this day and time. “The blood of Jesus still prevails!”
Her sermon and the attached picture I took after service inspired me to think what freedom means to me and I came up with a little poem I would like to share.
The 4th of July we put up flags and see them everywhere, but sometimes we tend to lose sight of the pain Jesus bear. So for me on this day when we celebrate freedom, I think of the greatest gift of all. Jesus sacrifice that has allowed us to truly be free, in mind, body and spirit you see. So instead of flying an American flag I will remember this picture in church instead. Still red, white and blue which to me symbolizes Jesus blood shed for me and you. Each color represents something to me, let me share and hopefully you too will see. Red for the blood he shed for us all, then blue for the tears and sadness he felt because he knew we would sin, come short and fall. Then there is white, so radiant and true. Jesus spirit that always lives in our hearts and shines through and through.