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Our Lord Jesus Promises Us a Destination; Not a Smooth Ride

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,

As I write this, we are in heavy turbulence in flight on our way to Israel with a group of 24 pilgrims. The Holy Land offers much food for thought, but this brief interruption reminds me of a principle of the Christian life that we can tend to forget. Our Lord Jesus promises us a destination, not a smooth ride.

Psalm 18 calls God: "My strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer." This implies that we will be faced with a test of our strength, a storm which requires a point of solid anchorage, an assault from which we need shelter, and peril from which we need to be delivered. We cannot be passive victims of life; we are meant to cry out to God. We are to love the Lord with heart, soul, and mind. Hearts burn and beat, souls yearn and love, and minds probe and search for answers. Questions and challenges are inevitable. Thanks be to God for His company and protection on our journey through life.

Please feel free to send your prayer requests to pastor@st-henrys.org and I will bring them with me to Jerusalem this week.

Peace in Christ,

Father Matthew Kuhn

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