Scripture: John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me.”

All of our lives, we have been on journeys long and short……..down the street, to church, to school, to work, to see relatives and friends, and on vacations. Usually, we are headed to accomplish something.

When I was a little girl, I remember walking the short distance from our house to Trinity Methodist Church, here, and down the Sunday school building hall and seeing the big picture of Jesus on the wall. I knew I was there to learn more about Jesus. As a toddler, my parents often read Bible stories to me, taking me on the” journeys” to meet Jesus through colorful pictures and fascinating words that seemed to pull you right into the scenes in the book. I remember the giant Bible that sat on the coffee table that was too heavy for me to lift, with all the red words that Jesus said and promised. As a teen, I found out Jesus was not just an example for us, that I was not superior to anyone because of my sets of actions or good deeds, and that only by bringing Jesus into my soul could I ever have the real journey to Jesus.

As adults, it is often hard to set aside our list of accomplishments as less than important factors, to sidestep our desire for recognition in this life and journey on earth. On our “journeys”, because we know Jesus, we can see his invitations everywhere to show his love, to pray, and to help others journey to Jesus because “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” There is nothing greater than that.

Dear God, thank you for Jesus and the peace and comfort that whatever successes and challenges we encounter in life, we are on our journey with Jesus to live with Him and you forever. Amen.

Barbara Rearden