For the next two weeks, I'll be spending time on a Holy Land Pilgrimage in Israel with Ecclesia Houston and my Pastor, Chris Seay. I'll be posting daily updates at the end of every day documenting moments through photo and video. I recommend following our fellow friend + genius photographer, Kirby Trapolino, at KirbyTrapolino.com
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As we prepare on this first week and work on a few projects, I am reminded of the God I believe in and serve: the God of Jacob, the God of David, the God of Love, the God of Compassion, the God of Grace and I could go on all night. Never would I have thought I'd be here this early in my life. I end tonight with this verse in mind from Lamentations 3:24:
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him."
LIFE IS HARD, REALLY HARD + GOD IS SO GOOD.
That's my summary for today's journey. The Book of Lamentations was written by Jeremiah in response to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians at the time. In this book, you can read about destruction of the city and horrible losses the people suffered. Interesting enough, we find in the middle of the book some of the most beautiful words written about God. Here's what Jeremiah says:
"This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions [mercies] never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him." - Lamentations 3:21-25
At times, when we thirst for His lovingkindness + mercies, we are hurt or have some sort of ache in our hearts. Is it possible we have more behind us than there is before us? Or is this longing a cry for something greater, something bigger, something eternal.
Today, my prayer and song is that of rejoicing of these truths God reveal to us through His Word, the Bible.
- We can belong to a kingdom. A family.
- Death will never separate us from Him
- His mercies will be new every morning forever and ever
- One day, there will be no more sense of loss. No painful endings to our "chapters" of life
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” - John 1:12
Today, I thank God that I have a seat at His table + so do you.
*All Photos Taken on iPhone 7+*
Thankful for this amazing man. A great dad, leader and friend. We've already begun to grow together: lots of laughter, telling embarrassing stories, lots of crying, some more laughing, some more crying. It's people like him that make our Ecclesia Houston community special.