Exodus 40:36 – Whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on each stage of their journey.
Christian in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress is on a journey, a journey of faith in the promises of God – a journey that takes us, along with Christian, from where we are now to where God wants us to be.
We join Christian on the journey seeking a city whose builder and maker is God, the Celestial City. This is a crucial moment, for we must recognize that it is on the journey that the real living occurs.
When we take the kids on a trip, whether to New Glasgow or to New England, the favourite line is…
"Are we there yet?" "No, we're still in the driveway."
If you are wise and wonderful modern parents in tune with child psychology, you put as much effort into what the kids will do on the journey as on what you will do when you reach your destination. Life's like that.
Prayer: O God, whose glory fills the whole creation and whose presence is with us wherever we go; preserve all those who journey this day to work or anywhere in the world. Surround them with your loving care; guide them as they venture into new and unknown places; protect them in every danger and sustain them until their journey's end; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
(Adapted from the Book of Common Worship)