Reflections

Sam Tanas - Elder

 

On a recent trip to Egypt, I visited a small village. One of the traditions I witnessed was that anytime a young person wanted to speak to someone who was their elder, they had to step down from their donkey as a sign of respect. This reminds me of a passage in Joshua 15:18-19. “When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” She replied,” Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.In this passage we learn that by her act of stepping down from the donkey Aksah showed humility and respect to her father. Subsequently she asked him to give her springs of water which Caleb does and so much more. This is a model of how we should approach our heavenly Father. Caleb responds to her request by giving her more than she asks for. In the same way our Father in heaven gives us good gifts and gives us exceedingly and abundantly more than we ask. He gives us the ultimate spring of water - The Holy Spirit, which we need above all else.

Jim Owens - Campus Pastor

I felt ashamed. I felt discouraged. I felt like a loser. I wasn’t sure I should talk about it with anyone since I’m a pastor and should have it all together, but the truth is while there was a lot of activity in my work and personal life, I didn’t feel like the activity was what God had put on my heart to be doing. I was reacting to the world around me. My devotional times have been in the Psalms so I was used to hearing the Psalmist cry out to God and humble himself. So, I swallowed my pride and met with a colleague who listened and let me vent. He entered into where I was at and shared some of his own wrestling with how to be purposeful with the hours in the day that God gives us. He then shared how he was tackling the issue and invited me to join him on the journey. A great weight lifted and I had hope that things could change. Thanks to a listening ear and an invitation to come along side, I no longer felt isolated or hopeless. I found humility and community to be a healing and powerful combination.

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