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Jesus is the Way – our pathway and our traveling companion.

He shows us where we're going, and how to get there together. He invites us to join the journey.

Can you hear Jesus calling your name? Will you follow?

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The Lord is my light and my salvation. Should I fear anyone? The Lord is a fortress protecting my life. Should I be frightened of anything?

I have asked one thing from the Lord— it’s all I seek: to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, seeing the Lord’s beauty and constantly adoring his temple. Because he will shelter me in his own dwelling during troubling times; he will hide me in a secret place in his own tent; he will set me up high, safe on a rock. Now my head is higher than the enemies surrounding me, and I will offer sacrifices in God’s tent— sacrifices with shouts of joy! I will sing and praise the Lord.

Psalm 27:1, 4-6

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The Way can feel lonely, and seem silly... and it can be scary.

Those who follow Jesus toward the promised Kingdom aren't excused from bad news or from hurt or from fear. We are not promised a road free from twists and turns, or even from rocks and nails and shards of glass that would tear us down and make us question taking this journey at all.

Following Jesus toward the coming Kingdom of God doesn't mean we'll be blissfully skipping along without a care in the world; in fact, it may mean we care more about the world – so much that we see and share in all its pains. We may care so much that we can't help but stop in the middle of the road to give those around us a lift. We may care so much we even tell our own stories, so those around us can sense God's goodness and hear the Good News of pain turned to praise.

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

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God of the Way, I am afraid.

I can't see a way forward. I’m traveling in the dark. My map is all wrong. I lost my gear.

But you are here. You are guiding. You will save. And I will sing your praise! Amen.

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Go

The Way is waiting for you. Take steps forward or even backward. Slow down or sprint or skip like a child. Whether your pace is fast or slow, steady or stumbling, Jesus welcomes you to follow him to God's glorious kingdom.

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair

Nikki Finkelstein-Blair is an ordained Baptist minister, military spouse, and mom of two boys. She loves making things: weaving stoles for pastors, writing devotionals and curriculum, and knitting almost anything but socks. You can follow her blog at www.amovingyarn.com for more seasonal reflections, and for thoughts on making things, moving around, and being a 40-something beginning violinist.

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