Take Stock

Take Stock

Today’s Scripture Selection: Numbers 1:1-2

“The LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying: Take a census of the whole congregation of Israelites…”

As our journey continues with the people of Israel and Moses, and as this year draws to a close, it’s ironic what we find in the Scripture.

Here, in the wilderness by the Holy Mountain, God instructs Moses to take a census of the people – to sort of take stock.

Not a bad thing for us to do on December 31st.

Take stock of

  • How God has been at work in your lives this past year
  • How you will be called to serve Him in this next year
  • How some of your questions have been answered
  • How some still remain
  • How life is unfolding
  • Sometimes in clarity
  • Sometimes in wilderness wanderings of your own

But one thing is certain – there is purpose to the journey.

Let’s begin this year with prayerful consideration and determination to be God’s people as He would have us be, wherever He leads.

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 for “expectant hope.” 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, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. 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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