by Pastor David Grey
“If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…” — 1 John 1:7
My wife, Bonnie and I, along with other family members, recently traveled to the Southwest to see some of the most majestic sites in all of creation.
We visited the Grand Canyon and several National Parks and Forests. Surrounded by the scope and beauty of it all, we were constantly reminded that our God is an awesome God.
Again and again, as we drove or walked, we were surprised by some new (to us) aspect of His handiwork. In the town of Sedona, Ariz., the place where many western movies have been made, I rose very early one morning in order to hike to the highest point in the area to catch the sun rising over the desert. I made it just in time and the sight was gorgeous!
We came home with many wonderful memories, a couple of which had nothing to do with what we had traveled to see. Though I should know better, still I was surprised that the trip’s highlights included meeting three fellow believers in Christ.
The first two were brothers. They were Vietnam veterans who had served in 1965 and 1966. They were traveling the country on their last big adventure together.
We talked about a number of things and it did not take long to discover that we were brothers in Christ. What sweet fellowship we shared from that point on as we talked about the things of God. We talked of the Second Coming of Christ and what heaven would be like and many other things. Even the subject of the Anti-Christ came up.
God has given me a particular appreciation for American veterans, so, that, combined with the discovery that we were brothers in Christ made for a wonderful memory of our trip west.
The second experience came during a moment when I was feeling a little grumpy (think euphemism here). On our return trip home, our plane was delayed long enough to miss the last connecting flight to Syracuse that night. This meant that we had the choice of sleeping in the airport or paying for a motel.
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