A Quiet Wood

A Quiet Wood

Saturday, May 3, 2008

National Day of Prayer, etc.

For the last few years, GBS has been privileged to be involved with the National Day of Prayer here in the Queen City. We lug all our gear downtown, and the choir and orchestra set up on the front steps of the court house. It's pretty cool. This year I was asked to pray one of the prayers in the program (The Prayer for Those Who Educate). Anyway, it was a good experience. I always enjoy partnering with various churches in the community. Although I know that there are extremely valid reasons for the existence of different denominations, etc., I think that it is a beautiful thing when different churches can come together around a common vision. Anyway, I thought I would just post a few pics of the event to give you an idea.

The gang's all here!

Praying the prayer while being distracted by the dreadful echo from the buildings across the street.

Dr. Ted Kalsbeek, former pastor of Covenant First Presbyterian. What a stately man of God!

Pastor Russell Smith, current pastor of Covenant Presbyterian and fellow Lewis fan. One can find kindred spirits in unexpected places! (Sorry the spirit of Anne came over me for a moment!)

Anyway, it was a really nice day. The only fly in the ointment was an occasional great gust of wind that took stands and music along with it. However, there was no great harm done. :)

Now to the "etc." part of the title. Just thought I'd throw in a short clip of my buddy walking. He just turned 11 months old this week. He's been walking for over a month now, but it just makes me laugh to watch him. Hopefully it will brighten your day as well.

So that's that. Just a bit of info from this past week. (Happy, Mom?)

One more thought for the day from Isaiah 35 (portions of vv. 5-10, emphasis mine), and if this doesn't encourage you, I'm not sure what will!

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened
And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy...
The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
...A highway will be there, a roadway,
And it will be called the Highway of Holiness
The unclean will not travel on it,
But it will be for him who walks that way,
And fools will not wander on it.
...But the redeemed will walk there,
And the ransomed of the LORD will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.

I was blessed this morning as I read this that, even in Isaiah's day, the concept of redemption was present. There had to be a sacrifice. They looked forward to the perfect Lamb as they continued offering theirs on the altar in the temple. Praise God that the price of redemption has been paid! It is freely offered to all of us, though we will never deserve it. We can walk on the Highway of Holiness, not because of what we bring to the table, but because we have had grace showered upon us. We join the saints of all the ages - the community of the redeemed. We have been ransomed, bought back, redeemed! No wonder they experience everlasting joy. No wonder they come to Zion with joyful shouting. I'm feeling pretty joyful myself right now!!



Mary Ellen said...

How cool - GO SONYA!

Walking at ten months? His poor Momma! He is a cutie!

Tamra said...

Very cool. Someone told me they saw GBS choir on the news. What a way to represent!

Alanna said...

Your prayer was awesome! I was so proud of you! :) Yeah...the wind was pretty amazing! I remember looking up and seeing Mr. Wolf catch his stand as it was flying in mid-air!

julie f said...

I enjoyed this post, as I do all our your posts. You have a way of making me smile and also encouraging me!

So glad you were able to participate in the Day of Prayer and I, like you, think it is wonderful when groups of different thoughts come together for a cause.

Looking forward to your next posting....:)

Tim said...

Wow, great a great privelege to be involved in this!! Glad to be able to catch up on what all is happening with you. Stop by sometime (my blog) and look at our newest adoption!! We have a new little girl - Bailey! She looks a lot like her daddy! Talk to you soon!!

Kimberly said...
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Kimberly said...

Wow...look at you officially praying! And enjoyed seeing the pic of your pastor friend.

I sense that your little friend is ready for more independence..isn't that a bathroom door? cute!

Love the Scripture and what a beautiful reminder...seems like we can only truly breath contentment if on that Road.

(Deleted last comment as I seem to have lost my mind when it comes to spelling this evening!)

Toots said...

Enjoyed the news, the pics, the scripture, all of it!

Toots said...

Thanks so much for your encouraging words to LaRae. I appreciate it.