This will be the back page for 29 October 2017 (21st Sunday after Pentecost, Year A) bulletin for the Fishkill United Methodist Church. Service is at 10 am and you all are welcome to attend.
In my collection of sayings are the following quotes:
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” (Lewis Carroll)
“If you found a path with no obstacle, it probably does not lead anywhere.” I found a reference that indicated someone named Frank A. Clark said this, but it didn’t say why he said it or when he said it.
These quotes reflect the paradox of life. We want to know where we are going but we certainly do not want any obstacles to get in our way. But journeys without obstacles often do not lead anywhere. But if we prepare for a journey, even if we do know where it goes, we can deal with the obstacles and difficulties we might encounter.
Moses never reached the Promised Land but the work he did would allow the Israelites to do so. But Moses left a leadership group to continue the work he began.
Paul focused on two things during his missionary journeys – bringing the Gospel message to the people and doing it in such a way so that others could continue after he left.
Throughout all the time in the Galilee, Jesus did the same thing – bring the Gospel message to the people and teach others to do the same after He left (even if they did not know that at the time).
As the hymn goes, we have decided to follow Jesus. No matter what difficulties we may have, no matter what obstacles we encounter, we do know where we are going, and we work and prepare to reach that point.
And along the way, we help others to begin and continue their own journey, knowing that in the end, we will share in the Glory of God.