Wandering in the Wilderness

A long-time reader (hello Doug!) sent me an e-mail today wondering if things were okay. Because it’s been three weeks since I’ve posted anything resembling an update at this blog.

So, short answer — yes. Jennifer and I are fine, we are on our way out west, and we have begun establishing a presence for Lutheran Church in the Wilderness (I’m working on a basic web page for this, and should have it done soon), so anyone in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area can come join us when we start meeting. Not sure yet when that will be.

Tomorrow — which is Sunday, 1 May — I will be playing some songs and speaking at Ascension Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa. We’ve been staying with Pastor Linda Livingston and her husband Kurt (thank you very much for the hospitality, and the ability to rest), and we’re going to hit the road tomorrow and see how far toward Denver we can get. It’s 800 miles from Cedar Rapids to Denver, Colorado, and I’m not the young man I used to be, who could drive all night sucking down Mountain Dews and taking a break as he falls asleep at the the wheel in cough cough Missouri as he drives from Indianapolis to Los Angeles. (Oh, don’t ask…)

So, if you are in eastern Iowa, and can make it to worship, please come. I’ve written a new song for tomorrow’s gospel reading based on John 16:25-33. It’s simple, but I think the melody is haunting. Worship is at 8:30 am and 11:00am. Come if you are able! I’d love to see you!

Along the way, on Tuesday evening 26 April, I played and spoke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Thanks to Pastor Robin Owen and everyone there for the amazing hospitality. I love sharing my music and my testimony — let that be more than a hint for anyone who might be reading and who lives between central Iowa and Spokane.

I won’t say I’ve dreamed of this particular plan for years — it’s only been clear to me since last August or September that Jennifer and I were going to head out West and make this virtual ministry I was doing with a group of foster kids into a real, live ministry. And while Jennifer and I are tied to no place, and could go anywhere, we are going where God is calling us. Leading us. Driving us.

And I want to thank all those along the way so far who have shown such grace, such hospitality, who have slaughtered fatted calves for us and put us up for the night. Jennifer and I are so very grateful. For all of it.

And so, I give you all the words of Psalm 67, with which to thank you and to thank God. For the grace, the mercy, the provision, the purpose. For such people as you.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
2 that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
6 The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him.



2 thoughts on “Wandering in the Wilderness

  1. Dum Dum Dum

    There’ something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear….”

    I was wondering when you’d be blogging again, too!


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