The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
“Behold, I am making all things new.” --Revelation 21:5
Dear Disciples of Christ the Lord,
Remember the Good Old Days? a time in your life that warms your heart as you look back? The song ‘High Hopes’ by Pink Floyd includes these lyrics:
"The grass was greener. The light was brighter.
The taste was sweeter. The nights of wonder,
With friends surrounded, The dawn mist glowing,
The water flowing, The endless river.
Forever and ever. Ahhh, the good old days."
When Were the Good Old Days for the People of Israel? Some Jews insist Israel’s best days were when the Lord led their nation on a journey. That was the journey out of slavery in Egypt to the freedom of the Promised Land. Why would Jews claim, “Those were the good old days”? Here is why…
Israel Had to Depend On The Lord to Provide Everything. The Lord led them by day and by night. Daily bread (manna) rained down from heaven. Doves were sent to provide meat. Drinking water came from a rock. The Lord’s surprising gifts kept coming. The Lord graciously prevented all of them from perishing in the wilderness. They walked by faith, not by sight. And….the Lord finally got those wandering, stiff-necked Israelites to the promised land.
Now CTL is on a Journey Seeking a New Pastor. Now our Lord accompanies us. Our Lord promised, “Behold! I make all things new.” This journey is progressing. The Call Committee now has candidates to interview. They seek the new pastor our Lord intends for CTL. We anticipate new things will come as our Lord combines the gifts of the people of CTL with the gifts of the new pastor. Let’s watch for good surprises our Lord has prepared for God’s beloved people of CTL.
In the coming days and weeks, let’s pray for God’s gifts of discernment and wisdom for the Call Committee.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Scott Peterson