Advent 2016 Devotional: December 15

A Faith Journey

screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-2-00-50-pm“Wait for the LORD; be strong and courageous. Wait for the LORD” Psalm 27:14

“Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

We had been married for ten years when we decided we could no longer remain in the town where we began our careers as educators. We had a two-year-old and a four-year-old, a house, lots of friends, and a church we loved. No matter – things were not good in the school where I taught. Knowing that we were financially bound to our first little house, we put it on the market. In three weeks it was sold – a true answer to prayers for guidance. In the midst of this leap of faith, we then put most of our belongings in storage and headed out of town for, well, we really didn’t know. Neither of us had a job to look forward to and we had to depend on our parents for part of the summer months. I am sure some called us foolish for moving without employment – especially with those two small children – but we trusted God that it would surely work out and it certainly did. We spent the summer researching districts around the state, submitting applications, and traveling to interviews. Just in the nick of time we were offered jobs in Houston and the next step of the faith journey was on!

Mary was a true model of faith. She accepted the angel’s word and was obedient in trusting Joseph, her husband. Mary remained faithful while living a fully human life, that of an ordinary woman.

Joseph, an honorable, faithful, and humble man cared for Mary and also trusted God’s plan for their lives: a leap of faith from the outset.

Lord, teach us to always have faith in the journey. Help us to remember that you are always with us, looking at the path ahead, and guiding our every step.

Stephen and Linda Bedford have been active members of South Main for nearly twenty-nine years and have enjoyed singing in the Sanctuary Choir and ensembles. They are both retired educators with a combined sixty-eight years of teaching in Texas schools.


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