May 20

Acts 16:9-13

“On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there.” vs. 13

Paul didn’t have much of an itinerary for his missionary journeys…he simply went wherever the Spirit guided him…and he paid attention to dreams! When a man appeared in a vision imploring him to come to Macedonia he dropped everything and caught a ship to Philippi, a new Roman city, where he found some women gathered for prayer on the banks of the river outside the gates. Paul was outside familiar territory. There was no synagogue here and no established Jewish community, but that didn’t keep him from his sabbath routine. He found a place and a people with whom he could worship and pray. Some of us know what that is about. We too are often on the move in the course of our lifetimes, sometimes for business and pleasure, and occasionally outside of our comfort zones. What a blessing it is to be able to keep the sabbath on those trips and find a faith community for worship and prayer! It’s in those moments that we discover the full extent of the Body of Christ and begin to realize that the Spirit is working everywhere on the planet. We have sisters and brothers in every nook and cranny of the globe and together we are the hope of the world.

Thought for the Day: Where do I worship when I’m traveling?

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