by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, January 12, 2017

Wondering in the way of Jesus is what Epiphany is all about. In the course of the Christian year, we find ourselves in the season after Epiphany. The season of Epiphany is about, not just the pilgrimage of the wise men who brought gifts to the child Christ, but the pilgrimage of every person called to live in the way of Christ. Following Jesus will take you on a journey.

For a few weeks now I've been thinking about this quote, “Catch me God, but if not I venture in thy name.” I've been wondering about what it teaches us about our own spiritual wanderings. I came across it not in a dusty book, but as a framed watercolor on the desk of my former student minister, Jim Barnette. His father, Henlee Barnette, served as the professor of Christian Ethics at Southern Seminary for most of his career.

For me, it speaks to the adventure and discernment required for any spiritual pilgrimage. Reflecting on that beckons me to another place where I'm not as complacent or still. 

What images or impulses does this evoke for you? 

During this season in the life of our church, we will be called to wonder, and wander, and venture out in pilgrimage with God. Join us on this pilgrimage, on Sunday, January 22, as we begin to look back at our history in order to ground us firmly within our life at
Highland Hills. Knowing where you are is the only way to begin a pilgrimage with God.