Friday, April 22, 2016

" deed and in truth"

"Heavenly Father, we offer this journey to You, praying that You will sanctify our actions, inspire our hearts, guide our speech, and uplift our souls, so that our steps this day may serve solely to glorify You. We pray that the hearts and minds of those we engage - whether directly or through some inspired words, perhaps found within the material we provide, may help to open them to the movement of the Holy Spirit - that they may then be blessed with a greater desire for You. And we pray, that all we visit today may find - even if only for a moment, a Peace within themselves that can only be found in You and through You. We ask all of this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord and Savior. Amen."

And so began the second day of our "Journey for Jesus", walking the road less traveled, as we - within the confines our hearts, minds, and souls - venture into the "desert" - hoping that with every step, every door, and every encounter, we might leave a seed that may take root and one day flourish for Christ.

Under the beautiful sky of a sun-filled day, we walked the streets of Colicum Drive and Nichols Lane engaging another 30 homes, taking the time also to speak directly with folks out walking their dogs and those providing professional services to homeowners (a woman doing exterior remodeling work at one home, and a cable employee surveying overhead wires for a service installation). A number of homeowners engaged us in genuine conversation - one stopping to ask her neighbor as we spoke with him if we were Mormons, his reply to her, "No, they're Catholics, we're finally taking over". She exclaimed with excitement - "oh, they're the ones who left that bag at my house yesterday, I think it's great".

And so we closed out the day's journey in prayer thanking God for helping to fortify His love in our hearts, knowing that our mission is to love - but "...let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18).