Have You Seen? {January 12th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Pilgrimage

Holding On To Hope by Jenilee Goodwin—”By definition, a pilgrimage is a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place. That particular village by itself wasn’t sacred. But the moment was sacred. The moment was heavy with purpose and meaning. It was one of the reasons why we are here, why we take the journey from our passport countries to places across the world.”

Pilgrim Confessions {Book Club} by Sarah Hilkemann—”Do you feel like a wanderer, someone without a spiritual home? For a very long time I felt rooted. I grew up in a part of the United States where people were born, grew up, stayed, and died. There were generations of my family all one in place, and I could trace our history back for a century. There’s something about this overseas life that reminds me of the journey I’m on, that makes me feel a bit rootless.”

Gimme a Break by Sean Li—”I was 42 years old and had been serving internationally for nearly 20 years before I took a break. I don’t know how I made it that long. But I know I just barely did. I don’t mean a vacation or time off work during a holiday–those breaks came and went over the years. But, those times still left me mostly in charge: managing activities for the family or coordinating travel itineraries. Or, more often, facilitating workshops and speaking at our large staff “retreats.” You know–the kind where you’re meant to be relaxing in nature and enjoying time away from the hustle and bustle of ministry–but somehow still on the clock? No, I mean the kind of break where you just show up, unplug, and stop serving others.”

A Pilgrim’s Regression {The Grove: Pilgrimage} by Joy Smalley—”I find I am also on a pilgrimage, a pilgrimage to find my faith again, to seek its foundation and find out its flaws. If what I have believed is true, then I am either an awful person or God is an awful God bent on hurting me. Neither of those options lend themselves to a content and faith filled life, instead they lean me into nihilism which only leads to harm. Because, if God is not good and I am not valuable, then where can meaning be found?”

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And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Psalm 119:105, 111 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Your laws are my treasure, they are my heart’s delight.

Comfort, correction, guidance, inspiration, praise. He gives us these gifts through His Word and so much more.

Is God’s Word your treasure as you start 2020?

Perhaps you need to fall in love with Scripture again, and we hope our stories and posts this week will be part of that journey for you.

Is there a passage or story that has been especially speaking to you lately? We want to hear from you! You can share in the blog post comments, or on social media. On Instagram, use the hashtag #VelvetAshesThyWord in your posts and stories.  

As a reminder, we want to get you all the great content but also don’t want to overwhelm you! You will notice one less blog post each week (the Wednesday evening/Thursday post). Use this time to catch up on reading or spend more time reflecting on each week’s theme.  

Thank you for helping us start off 2020 with some great conversation!

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