From the Community Lay Director...
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6:2-5
This scripture never gets old for me. It amazes me that God uses imperfect human vessels to carry out His miracles! He does that so that we can see His power and His might and to strengthen our faith. Can you just imagine how the Israelites felt as these giant walls came crumbling down? In just moments all that remained of those walls were ruins and the dust on their faces! God could have just leveled those walls, but instead He gave specific instructions so that humans could be a part of His great work. Priests had to carry the trumpets and sound them in front of the ark. Levites had to carry the ark of the covenant. The rest of the Israelites had to march around seven times and then all had to give a loud shout.
The pilgrims will be carrying walls as strong as Jericho when they come to Asbury. It will take ALL of us to see that those walls come tumbling down. We have prayers and the guidance of our spiritual directors going before us. The teams are like the Levites in that they will be carrying all the precious things that represent God into the conference rooms. The rest of us are the Israelites in that we too have an important part to play on the Walks. Through agape and sacrificing our time to attend the community events, we can shout “God loves you” in a variety of ways during these walks. Get your marching shoes on…hopefully at closing we will feel the dust on our faces!!
Community Lay Director