On A Well Worn Trail

September 17, 1996

Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and run with perseverance the race that is set before us.

Have you thought about what you want to leave behind? Spiritually, I mean.

When I was little, we used to go to the family cottage in winter and we had to walk in all the way from the main road. The snow was up above my waist and I could not walk. I was too small. So my father would go ahead and make the steps. I walked in his path. It wasn't easy but I could do it. My father is gone now and I walk ahead and others follow.

We began to walk in the path that others first made, now it is our turn to do the same. So if there is to be any spiritual legacy to your living and mine, it is that there shall be a well-worn trail leading to the kingdom of heaven.

So it really does matter what you do today — and that you get up and start to walk. Others will follow.

Prayer: So many years ago, before we can even remember, you began your work in us. What human hands led us in those steps, what faces we know better than our own, smiled upon us the first recognition of your grace? These were your people, O Lord, who have gone before. Thank you.

Give me today a way to go so that at this day's end there may be a worthy trail to follow for all who will share this prayer tomorrow. Amen.

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Michael Farris
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