Spiritual Director · December 8, 2014

Renewal and Refreshment

Blessed Advent!

Today I headed out of town and was stopped at a railroad crossing by our local train!  Thanks so much to the good folks at the railroad who send these long, long trains through town. The newspaper reported that they never have enough engine power to make it up the next hill, so the train eventually stops, stalls and traffic is blocked until another engine can be sent. Now, I don’t know very much about the railroads but perhaps we could send less cars and maybe make more trips and save the local folks a lot of aggravation!

No sooner did I clear the railroad tracks and began to take the State highway out of town then I got behind a school bus. And, God bless the children, but we stopped at every other house! Myself and the umpteen cars behind me. I know the kids have to get to school and safety is the key so this is part of life! Instead of griping and fussing, I’ll just make a note to self to not head that way at 7:20 a.m. in the future! And, while I am at it, I’ll make a note not to cross the railroad tracks at 7 a.m.! I can’t change the railroad company’s timing or how many cars they travel with and I can’t control the school bus driver either! All I can control is my response and whatever change I can make going forward!

Saturday the INKY area hosted Dick and Loretta Volker and had a wonderful day in “Renewal and Refreshment” of our beloved VDC and our own walk with the Lord. It was good to be together with other brothers and sisters who care about VDC and want to renew themselves with the Lord! I pray Almighty God might refresh and renew YOU today so that you can go forward blessed to be a blessing to your local Secretariat and VDC movement. Christ is counting on you (and me)!!!

We are in the second week of Advent now as we journey closer and closer to Christmas and the birth of Jesus. This is a time to slow ourselves down, become more aware of where we are in our walk with the Lord and in our spiritual lives. It is a journey, and the gifts, blessings and trials of that journey strengthen us as we go. We don’t have any control over what happens on that journey, but we can control how we respond. And we can make changes going forward!! God is in control and that’s good, God will be handling all our problems today and will not need our help!!  Enjoy the day, and the journey toward Christmas. Slow down and count the railroad cars (56!) and pray! Slow down and pray for schools, teachers and students/staff!

Pr. Doug

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Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.