Fri 10.22 On The Road To Beautiful
Request 2: Shannon Kipe
For Ellie Seymour
For Ben Lee
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
I heard a great teaching about how when you pass thru the valley you should dig wells...a metaphor for letting it build character and reserves of and faith and strength. It struck me as the way for what is meant to harm us to actually benefit us. Our weakness brings God glory but so does our perseverance thru trial.
Clearly the passage is the basis for a powerful lyric in the song...
"My heart is set on a pilgrimage to heaven's own Bright King, so in faltering, in Victory, I will always sing!"
My pilgrimage continues in December 2010 when I head to Brie, near Paris, and to Auch, near Toulouse to meet the two UWM teams in France and to see where calling and chemistry lead.
Then the pilgrimage becomes real In February 2011 as we depart Myrtle Beach for pre-field training.
Praying we " go from strength to strength, till [we appear] before God in Zion!"