It is indeed that time of year! Lots of our friends and church family are in town and then out. Some are out of town and then in. Others are just in town, or just out of town for the whole season long. Those who travel are visiting family, friends, the beach, the mountains. Some are off to exotic locales I can only dream of. Some go together and some travel alone- A large group of our elementary schoolers and our own Director of Christian Education are all at Camp Buc this week.
Our church has tried to accommodate the many travelers as well as continue to offer mission and ministries for those who remain home. The church website allows remote access to news and the church calendar, though they are still mailed to your home. The summer book study group is meeting in person and on Facebook. Our worship services, of course, continue. They are also streamed live and recorded and saved so that you can worship with First Pres whenever and wherever you like.
Whether we remain literally plugged in at our specific church or not, our Lord travels with us wherever we go. Our God guards and guides us. Jesus knew traveling well, as did his (and our) ancestors in the faith. Psalm 121 is often called the travelers hymn, and I encourage you to spend some time with it this summer. Millennia ago, it was sung by pilgrims as they walked the dangerous way to Jerusalem so that they could worship.
May we be as confident as those who have gone before us, and may we sing with them the truth of scripture: It is God who keeps our days, our nights, our travel, our lives.
Thanks be to God!