All Saints Messenger - October 16, 2014

posted Oct 15, 2014, 6:22 AM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Chris and I returned this past Saturday evening, fresh from a vacation to one of our very special and Holy Places: The Outer Banks of North Carolina or commonly known as OBX.  We have been going there for over 25 years. Our children learned to walk and took their first steps there.  We've celebrated graduations, birthdays, anniversaries.  We've had family reunions, visits with special friends, and quiet, relaxing solitude.

 

Many people ask us, "Why drive 8 hours to OBX when you can drive 4 hours and go south?"  It is not a difficult question for us to answer.  "It is a special place to us, we get a sense of God there.  It is a Holy Place for us."

 

Each year we board a ferry and go over to Ocracoke Island (some of you may know it, if you don't you should go sometime) an isolated beach village on a sandbar that sometimes suffers during Hurricane season.  The people there are different.  They live at a different pace and, as far as we can tell, live with a sense of awe and wonder.

 

One of our favorite places on the island is the most northern beach, 12 miles from town. There, we experience God in wonder, creation, the rhythm of the waves, the magnificence in the shells with their beautiful shapes, colors, and design, the wildlife and the calmness and isolation.  Because it is so far from town and it is October we are often the only ones on the beach; as though we are all alone and God is present loving us, taking care of us, revealing a part of God's self to us.  It is here that my prayers and connectedness to God is strong, important, and faithful.

 

We all have holy places: That place or places that relax us, help us to see, hear, feel that our Creator is magnificent and that we are loved by an Almighty God who, we can, only imagine.  The amazing thing about these special holy places is that you can always revisit them in your mind, memories, and heart.  It is where we can go to be rejuvenated.  I encourage you to return to your holy places often and discover our loving God all over again.

 

See ya Sunday!

 

Peace & Blessings,

Gary+

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