[forthright] Proceeding on Our Journey

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From: Forthright Magazine <ba@...>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 17:04:03 -0500
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Final Phase

Proceeding on Our Journey
by J. Randal Matheny

"When our days there were ended, we left and
proceeded on our journey; and all of them, with
wives and children, escorted us outside the city.
There we knelt down on the beach and prayed ..."
(Acts 21:5, NRSV).

We give thanks to God for those servants of Christ
who have passed through our lives. Perhaps they
have already gone, perhaps they stayed only a
short time, but they blessed us by their presence,
their words, their example.

On his way to Jerusalem, Paul passed through Tyre,
staying for only seven days. The disciples of that
city gave them a warm send-off accompanying them
with their entire families to outside the city,
where the travelers boarded ship.

They shared a last prayer, which certainly
included thanksgiving to God for their time
together and for Paul and company's safety in
Jerusalem. Tenderness and love prevailed during
this moment, for seven days, as short as they
were, built bonds of fraternity and friendship.

Let us remember and give thanks to God for his
servants who have blessed us with their presence.

And proceed onward, as did they, with our journey
toward the Last Day, when none will be separated
ever again.

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