Thursday, July 31, 2008

On Our Way

Psalm 121:7-8 (Today's New International Version)

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Tomorrow the moving van arrives between 8 and 9 in the morning. I will say good-bye to the apartment that has been my home for the last 5 years. We will spend the night with friends so we can be rested for the drive to Gettysburg. Consequently, I will be away from the computer for the next few days as we travel and get settled.There is still a lot of packing to be done, but once we're on the road, I will relax.

Our faithful God has brought us this far. Even 6 years ago, I could not have imagined this as the next scenario in my faith journey. Now, within a couple of short weeks my seminary career will begin with Summer Greek. I am in awe of God's grace and care for us. As Martin Luther wrote in his Small Catechism:

I believe that I cannot by my own understanding or effort believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and kept me in true faith. In the same way, the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it united with Jesus Christ in the one true faith...This is most certainly true.

Just as God is the actor of salvation and sanctification, so it is he who leads, guides, and sustains us. Thanks be to God.

Flickr picture.


david said...

Remember those explanations to the articles of the creed. You'll be glad you did when it comes to mission and stewardship classes.


Songbird said...

Blessings to you! Safe travels!

Ivy said...

Thank you David for that reminder and thank you Songbird for your well wishes. Blessings.

Bru316 said...

Glad to hear you made it safely. good thing Ray didn't drive. lol he told me he could it was all straight. Hope you are all doing well and miss you guys very much take care and keep in touch.

Ivy said...

Hey there Bruce! Good to hear from you. We miss you guys too. I wish Ray or Abby could've driven part of the way, but it wasn't a bad trip at all. You are the first person from Emanuel to comment on my blog. We're even almost entirely settled. Peace.