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Some time away

Well, by the time you are reading this blog, we will be at the end of our second week on the road for some time away. That time away is a trip we planned to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. OK, for clarity the actual anniversary is July 31. However, that is the day we are going to be in the Keys for 2 weeks. I know you are probably thinking is that all they do now? Well, no but come on it is the summer. So as to the Keys, the boys will dive for lobster and I will hang out and help on the boat as needed. So June seemed great for some time away.

As you are reading this, we are in Rapid City, SD with Ken and Joanne. They offered to be our tour guides to all the sights like Mt Rushmore and there is a lot for us each day, thank you Joanne. We are heading out in just a bit for a day of sightseeing and it is with our tour guides. Then we will be in Cody, WY and time in Yellowstone and the surrounding area. We will be there when I come to you next week in the blog.

It is always good to get away for a time. Jesus did it and that is good enough for me. Experiencing His creation and the beautiful country we have is something we should all do more often. This is a great nation and there is so much to see and do.

Now Jesus didn’t do it for the scenery. He did it for time with the Father. To pray and I believe to rest not only spiritually but also physically. Listen, being Jesus was hard work. Teaching, healing and putting up with disciples and people in general. It is hard work to love this life and some time away never hurt anyone.

God has done something very special for us. Well, of course, salvation through Jesus Christ, but also comfort. Comfort comes in many ways. It can be protection, peace, a feeling which are all indicative of comfort. Yet, when Jesus says this, He is talking about a comforter. You see He is telling the disciples of His pending death and that He will be returning to heaven. In John’s Gospel in chapter 14 He says:

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; when the world cannot receive, because it Seth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Let me point out that Scripture tells us He states that He is our comfort. For them that day He was the Comforter, yet He would soon be gone. Another comforter would come and we know that to be the Holy Spirit.

You see there are times in life when we need some time away. Yes, a change of scenery o time with loved ones. It is also an opportunity to reconnect with and through the Holy Spirit with God our Father, His son our salvation and His Holy Spirit our comforter.

I know for me that is exactly what is happening as Elaine and I are on this trip. It is good to have some time away from what is the scenery and schedule of life. Yet, it gives opportunity for that reconnect with the Lord, His Son and His Holy Spirit we all need.

A thought to ponder,

Elbert Nasworthy

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