In His Steps

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You were called to this kind of endurance, because Christ suffered on your behalf. 
He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps.  

 

I this trophy that sits on a shelf in my office.  It has been with me for a long time.  I received it in the summer of 1983 at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp.  Scribed on the base are the words “in His steps” and the scripture reference.  I received this “trophy” for having been voted as someone who ‘best’ exemplified the theme ‘in His steps’ during the week of camp.

It still seems a bit strange to get a trophy for being like Jesus for just a week.

That trophy and the words “in His steps” have stayed with me – probably why it still sits in plain view for me everyday.  It has taken on a new significance for me this week as I prepare to literally walk in His Steps.

This is an unique opportunity designed and planned two years ago to walk in the places Jesus walked and to take time to consider the meaning of these places in our lives.  But what started two years ago is now here.  I leave Monday to walk in the land of Jesus.

We will walk and travel the land that Jesus walked.  We will travel in the region of Galilee and then to Jerusalem.  We will be on a boat on the Sea of Galilee.  We will wade into the little strip of water called the Jordan River.  We will pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and at the Western Wall.  We will walk the narrow streets of Jerusalem.  We will gaze upon the Judean Wilderness and the Mount of Temptation.  We will visit the tomb of Lazarus.  And we will visit Nazareth, Cana, Bethany, Bethlehem, Capernaum, and Jerusalem.

I invite you to follow along.  I will share some pictures, stories, and experiences as I walk the land that Jesus walked.

Not trying to earn a trophy on this trip, but certainly hoping to come back with a new understanding and a deeper connection to Jesus and that’s better than any trophy on this Earth that I can think of …

 

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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