End Of The Road — not!

IDOK DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008


My friendship calendar said: Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road.
And I agree, in part, with that. If we gather ourselves into the ‘Pilot’ for a long journey and we think only of the destination and we focus only on ‘getting there’, it’s a long, long journey and not much fun! But if we count the States represented on car tags as they speed by, if we commune with each other and with Father’s Creation just outside the window and we stop for a barbecue sandwich and ice cream and we engage others in our laughter, that’s a sweet journey. And so in that way I agree with my Friendship Calendar but I also differ – when all is said and done there is NO END OF THE ROAD – not really, I thought. And then I read Our Daily Bread and I knew I was right. Today’s ODB is entitled A Sailing Ship and it speaks of the ‘end of the road’ as we usually think of it and it reads, in part, this way (by Henry van Dyke): “I am standing at the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. I stand and watch her until at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud, just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other . . . . And just at the moment when someone at my side says: ‘There, she is gone!’ there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: ‘Here she comes!’ And that is dying.”
No, my sisters and my brothers, there is NO END OF THE ROAD for us! Praise to our Savior, Lord and King Jesus, rather than reaching the end of the road, our road ascends and turns to gold! Is our God AWESOME or what?! So, Sweet One, enjoy your Journey all the way to the exuberant shouts: ‘Here she comes!’
Revelation 21:
21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.
27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Father, thank You for today’s sweet reminder to ENJOY this journey today and thank You for Your Promise of exuberant shouts of ‘here she (or he) comes!’ Thank You for ones we love who have already made this journey and have heard those exuberant shouts. Thank You for the love they gave us and for the love we will yet share with them. Thank You that there are no ends of the road for Your Children. And Father, we have some folks on our minds this morning: WC – You heard his request Lord and we ask You to cause it to be. And Callie, You know the cry of her heart and Lord we are entrusting her and the desires of her family to You. And then there is the rest of this list; precious people, loved by many, each of them in need of You and we thank You that You are there for them; some of them are not so sure of that, help them believe Lord. And Father, for our IDOK Troops we thank You for what You have already done for them and we thank You for watching over them today to keep them safe in mind, body and spirit. We continue in our prayer for a successful conclusion to this war, for the repentance of the Presidential Candidates, for the election of the One You have chosen for this Nation, for the Peace of Israel, the repentance of America and the revival of Your Church and all this we ask in the Holy Name of Jesus. Amen and amen. W C and family. Richard and Emma and family. Oprah. Chris B. Maggie and Family. Josh. Donnie S. Renee’. Cathy’s friend and son. Odessa H. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Tonya and family. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Kim T. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glyn and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and family. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Chuck. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance and Baby. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew. Cindy, Sharron and Tonya’s houses to sell.
Unspoken Requests – situations so close you can only speak to Father about
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III. Bay N.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Lee.

And we have this report and Father, we thank YOU!!
Kathie, I wanted you to know that Hawk & Lyndon have left their FOB (forward operating base) & have begun the first leg of their journey home! They are still in Afghanistan but one step closer! Many, many thanks for your prayers & support. Beverly
PS
Travis N should be arriving back at Camp Lejune around May 15.

As I post this it is 102°F and partly cloudy in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 3:28 PM AST – on April 24, 2008

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