• Sometimes the way seems impossible
• By persevering we make a way for others
• We cross from one season of life to the next
• Some roads lead us over roaring torrents
• Other paths cross and meander over quiet ways
• Ways that meet can change the world
• Making bridges together forms strong bonds
• Reach and stretch to pursue positive goals
• Build what is good and strong and enduring
• Move forward with open eyes and positive perspective
• As you travel notice beauty around you and give thanks
• The Son is our greatest Bridge-maker
from “Reflections from the Everyday” by caallen
I know it’s around here somewhere
Where could it be
Please read the note again for us
So we can check it out
We received the welcome message
Bright and clear for us to see
Made the preparations
And packed our many bags
The trip was long but we’ve arrived
Gifts ready and in hand
Where is that birthday party
The mother and the child
Oh look oh look do you see it now
The star that marks the spot
We brought these birthday presents
Chosen for a royal life
Giving of our best to you
New Prince of peace and King of kings
Running here and running there
What am I to do?
Let’s go this way
Wait, look at that!
So much now to discover
…Where was I going?
Oh yes, that’s it
Complete my task
Now just a little further
Travel down this trail
Did you hear that?
I love that tune!
Reminds me of happy times.
You remember when…
Come let me show you
What I found the other day!
… Sun’s now setting?!
Day’s now waning?!
But there are more trails to trod!
Open eyes ears heart
Hmmm… so true!
Living life to the fullest!
Finding new horizons
Down those rabbit trails
As a star once shone
Gazing down upon the earth
Its light beamed softly
Gently touched a tiny face
Heaven stirred and sang
Come now come
As a star once shone
Guiding light to show the way
Wise magi followed
Sparkling diamond led
The travelers expectantly
New king to worship
As a star once shone
It revealed a precious gift
As God’s Son brought light
• Always be alert when approaching crossroads
• Knowing when to go and when to stop aids activities
• Pause to assess the landscape before proceeding
• We all need to slow down in order to avoid accidents
• Waiting for changes can be difficult
• Sometimes the change goes smoothly and without pause
• Collisions may occur when we are impatient or distracted
• Regular maintenance helps ensure continued health and best service
• Obeying traffic signals is important for interaction with others
I see it! There it is! As we approach the broad river and long bridge, our excitement mounts. Hours of watching for landmarks and anticipating our visit with relatives were soon to be rewarded. There’s the road, we proclaim as we turn up the hill on a winding country lane.
Whether traveling to visit family or friends, a special concert or conference, sports event, or other occasion… it is satisfying to finally arrive and to be a part of the activity. Focusing on landmarks, road signs, and other directions (maybe that voice from our smartphone), we are guided to our destination.
In my work, I do a lot of traveling over back roads to provide services in homes and day cares. I like to know how to get from destination to destination before I head out, although I am up to an occasional “adventure” as I connect less familiar roads when needed. Landmarks are welcome aides.
The prophet Jeremiah encouraged the Hebrew people to return not only to the land of their people, but also to God. Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, Virgin Israel, return to your towns, he said.*
But how do we get there? How do we travel through this life and how do we recognize the “road signs” to God? It can be a difficult and long journey. The landmarks may be new or forgotten along the way. The psalmist said, But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.*
I love that God gifted us all with an awesome road sign, his Word to us… a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.* Announcements! Encouragement! Cautions! Wake-up calls as well! As we look forward, God shows us. This way! There it is! I welcome suggestions, wise counsel, and support from others, especially those who have traveled similar paths. Think of all the people in life who have in some way impacted your movement from one destination to another. Decisions, small and large, are guided by our relationships with others and by our life experiences. Our faith is central to that.
The angels announced, “This will be a sign to you. You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” The road signs were true and “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
With all the “stuff” crowding my vision and thoughts, I don’t always see the road signs. May God grant us quiet moments to refocus, to see and praise Him, our hope and our guiding light for each day. There it is!
*Jeremiah 31:21, Psalm 39:7, Psalm 119:105
I step my foot upon this path
And so, begins my journey
Warm sunlight touching rock and blade
Beckoning to this journey
Companion with me on the way
To travel in life’s journey
Feet now ready, my legs prepared
Where go we on this journey
Sounds of voices, human and beast
Speak out along the journey
Questing onward through shade and bend
Ever upon this journey