Lenten Devotional: Monday, Feb. 15

by Joel Siebentritt

1 Corinthians 3:16
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.

The Honduran Mission Group sang the following country-gospel refrain as our big green and white bus carried us over the last miles through Tegucigalpa to the airport.

Travlin’ that highway home
I’m travlin’ that highway home
Oh narrows the way, thank God I can say
I’m travlin’ that highway home
-Walter Bailes and Frankie Bailes

It was the end of a short week that seemed much longer.  We had been geographically far, far from home; culturally distant from all that was familiar; and, linguistically handicapped.  Foreigners in a foreign land.  The music and the words comforted me in the same way it had on our long journeys out to the village of La Fuente the previous 4 mornings, and back again each afternoon.

Sometimes when I’m way out of my “comfort zone,” I can also feel spiritually out of touch too…further away from God’s comforting presence…a long way from “home.”  Like singing that song, the following passages are reminders to me that those feelings are passing and cannot change the truth that God is ever present in our lives.  I can know God’s presence in quiet prayer and meditation.  I can know God’s presence in song.  And I can know God’s presence through loving fellowship, anywhere, anytime.  God is with me.  God is with you.  God is here.  On my daily path to discovering God, I am always travlin’ that highway home.

Prayer: God of all time and space, open my eyes that I may see you, my ears that I may hear you , my mind that I may know you and my heart that I may welcome you, now and always.  Amen

Benefit Concert & Dinner Nov. 6!

Join us on Friday, Nov. 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a benefit concert and dinner, featuring music by Incatepec, an amazing local band playing traditional Latin music with a jazz flavor, and homemade Honduran fare.

Suggested donation is $12 per person; no family pays more than $25.

Proceeds benefit the OSUMC mission trip to Honduras to conduct locally-led public health work including building latrines, pouring concrete floors in homes, and installing chimneys, eco-stoves in kitchens, and water tanks and showers in homes. See http://www.HOI.org for more information about the work and its impact.

Download the flier here: OSUMC Honduras Mission Benefit

Special Guests at Sept. 7 Fellowship Meal

Community Connection Director Fenwick Broyard and Athens Area Community Foundation Director Delene Porter will be our guests at the Sept. 7 Fellowship meal. They will lead us in a discussion about community needs and ways we can help address them as part of our ongoing conversation about putting God’s love into action. All are invited to join us!

For more information about Fenwick, see: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-07-27/new-leader-community-connection-plans-future