“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139:7-12)
Sometimes we talk about “getting away from it all” as if that were possible or desirable. Fortunately, it is neither—God assures us in the Scriptures that we can neither run nor hide from Him—and that is a good thing! No matter how lonely we are, we are never alone. No matter how lost we feel, God knows exactly where we are, and longs to show us the way back to Him. In fact, in Jesus God was dying to bring us back home—to a place where we can rest, be ourselves, and know His love and acceptance for eternity.
Heavenly Father, wherever we go this week, remind us of Your presence: not to condemn us. Enable us to experience and extend Your peace to everyone we meet, through the power of Your ever-present Spirit, in Jesus’ name, amen.
THE RIGHT TO BARE…
Concerned for his safety, a senior citizen applied for a concealed weapons permit.
When it arrived he went to a sporting goods store to pick out a handgun and ammo.
He proudly showed his permit to the clerk and filled out the necessary paperwork.
When he was ready to pay for his purchase, the clerk said, “Strip down, facing me.”
He made a mental note to complain to the NRA about invasive gun control laws!
However, he did as she had instructed, peeling off his shirt and dropping his drawers.
When the alarms finally subsided, he found out why she’d been shrieking hysterically:
She had been referring to how he should place his credit card in the card reader!!!
When he finally got his pants back on he was asked to shop elsewhere in the future.
He wrote a letter complaining to the store and vowed to wear underwear more often.
The Lord cover you in His love this week!
As Pastor at Pilgrim, Kirk is fueled by a passion for God's Word and a lot of good coffee.