Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tour Reflections

"And [they] returned, glorifying and praising God 
for all the things that they had heard and seen."
Luke 2:20

Sometimes we catch a glimpse of the intense joy those shepherds experienced. What had made their night different than any other? The presence and working of God Almighty. 

Returning home from this trip, we can identify with this great joy. We, too, return 'glorifying and praising God' for all the things we have heard and seen. It is an awesome reality to know the Lord is going before us, preparing the good works that we should walk in them. Knowing that it is only through His Spirit and working that any eternal fruit may come from our efforts. 

We experienced many answers to prayer over these past few weeks. Health and safety. Opportunities for Dad to share the Word. God's timing and provision in minor bus repairs. Meaningful conversations. And wonderful fellowship with many of you, our faithful readers and friends. 

Thank you -- thank you -- for your prayers and friendship!

"How lovely is Your tabernacle, 
O Lord of hosts! 

My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;

My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home, 
And the swallow a nest for herself, 
Where she may lay her young --

Even Your alters, O Lord of hosts, 
My King and my God. 

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
they will still be praising You.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You.
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

As they pass through the Valley of Baca, 
They make it a spring; 
The rain also covers it with pools.

They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!

O God, behold our shield, 
And look upon the faee of Your anointed.

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;

No good thing will He withhold 
From those who walk uprightly.

O Lord of hosts, 
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Verses from Psalm 84

Many thanks to Bethany for taking these pictures.

And yes -- you noticed correctly: 
We are now using the stand-up bass in concerts!.
Oh happy sound!


Anonymous said...

im sorry that I did not get to meet your family I just been busy with babysitting and stuff but one day I would love to meet your family when your family comes to Michigan again one day

~brittani. Baloga

Amanda said...

Thanks for all the pictures of you guys - Bethany does a lovely job. I'm a music person myself, and I love seeing pics of you guys performing! Keep it up for the glory of our King!

Talitha said...

Beautiful pictures! It sounds like you had an amazing tour. Thanks for sharing.

Lexi said...

Glad everything worked out good! I love the pictures!
In Christ,

Bruce and Linda Mitton said...

I just love your posts!! It's wonderful to see a what God can do with a family who is surrendered to His will. May the Lord fill you with his Spirit; May whatever you do bring honor and praise, to the King of Kings!!! In Christ, Elizabeth Mitton, from Northern Minnesota