Acts 20:17-38: And now...I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me...that imprisonment and persecutions are waiting for me....There was much weeping among them all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, grieving especially because...they would not see him again.
A book on memory explains why life often flies by on fast-forward. The book says that “Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it.” Life seems to speed up as we get older because we have fewer new experiences to mark and set apart the time.
Everything about this physical, material life goes away, but it is a gift nonetheless. God gave us each other, as well as giving us intellect, creativity, and great joy in the things and experiences of this world.
As Paul prepared for the next part of his journey, he said, “ a captive to the Spirit, I am on my way to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there...” Clearly he felt sadness and trepidation about the coming separation. He knew, though, that God’s grace and salvation would direct and comfort him, as well as the ones he was leaving.
We all have losses to grieve: losses of material things, physical capabilities, and loved ones. But we can slow down the pace of this life and savor it by choosing to be with one another in the grace and protection of God.
So we continue on our journey, knowing God goes with us, and with those we love.
Psalm 89; Hosea 2:14-23; Luke 5:1-11
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