Week 50 Monday

No Longer Wandering

Today’s scripture selection: Deuteronomy 26-28

Key verse: Deuteronomy 26:5-8

“Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, subjecting us to harsh labor.  Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our ancestors, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression.”

Sometimes, as we make our way through life’s twists and turns, it’s helpful to review where we have been.

This statement from the book of Deuteronomy did just that.  It helped the people recall who they were; where they had been; what they had experienced – good and bad; and how God had been central to it all.

I have never been very good at journaling, but I understand that some people find it helpful as a way to do this kind of “reviewing” process.

Others find it helpful to just sit down with family or friends and tell stories.

Still others like to flip through photos or mementos of other kinds.

But whatever the process, it’s a healthy thing to do.

And for the person of faith, it’s a way to connect (or re-connect) with the God who has been with you through it all.

So why not find a little time soon to do a little remembering?

You may find yourself musing on how you were once a “wanderer” – looking for something; needing guidance; needing release from bondage and God came along at just the right time; in just the right way.

Prayer: Lord, as my journey unfolds, help me to learn by recalling where I have been and where, with your help, I might go.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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