The First Step

Saturday, November 2, 1996

Hebrews 11:8-11 – By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

The old saying is that every journey begins with a single step. We are joining the journey of Christian in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. What better place to start than at the beginning. For Christian this beginning results from an encounter with a character called Evangelist. Evangelist offers Christian guidance and seeks to get him on the right road. This is their opening exchange.

Evangelist says, "Do you see yonder shining light?" "I think I do," responds Christian. "Then", says Evangelist, "Keep that light in your eyes."

The journey begins by following the light.

The bible is my light, my inspiration for life, and it is in the bible that I see this imagery of the journey, a journey much like that of the fleeing Hebrew children, one step ahead of Pharoah's army, those same Hebrews who would spend the next 40 years on a journey of faith wandering and waiting to enter the Promised Land.

Prayer: God who gives strength for the journey; we seek to follow the way of Christ in a world that is filled with detours.

"We need your light to lead us, your hand to hold us, and your love to complete us. In Jesus' name we now ask for your blessing". Amen.

(From the Marriage Service in Contemporary Form)

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