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Friday, December 23, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Nineteen

Friday 12/23//05
19 Pilgrimage


We are on a journey… and I mean more than a trip to Nashville. Much more. We are after our Creator, wrestless souls longing to be in the arms of a Father who has made us. A Father whose arms are home. We are happy here on earth, but not fully satisfied. In fact, as the days mount in this thing called life earth looks less and less promising, not more and more inviting. But that’s OK. We’re just here for a brief visit. We're on our way, headed home.


We’re not anti-earth. Rather, pro heaven. As long as we’re here we'll enjoy this place, while fighting on for the Name that sets us free. But we have a departure date just ahead. And, speaking for myself, when I am gone, shed no tears for me. My final destination blows this place away.

In the meantime, Lord willing, I'm headed to Nashville… and so are a ton of you. We’re coming on planes, on buses, in vans and in cars. In fact, some of you still aren’t exactly sure how you're going to get there. But you’re coming. You're determined. You're on a pilgrimage. We are all, and it won’t be easy.

In these last days many obstacles will come, trials from without and within that seek to impede our successful arrival at Passion06. In fact, for us death has been at our door all fall long. Cancer, has been our companion. The struggle, ever-present. But we’re still coming, no matter what.


Get ready for them. Job changes. Financial worries. Family crisis. Illness. Friends bailing. Schedules crashing. Stuff happening. Many things will try to stand in the way, but let’s pray today…

Lord, You are sovereign over all things, and over all of us. Lead us to Nashville under Your care. Thwart enemy plans that might stop us from being a part of all You have in store.
And even today open the way for others to come. Those who are hoping for a financial miracle or a change of heart from a parent. Please open the way.

Thank You for the provision You have made so far, and for all You have done to aim 17000 of us toward Nashville. We will continue to trust in You.
Passion06 is not our prize. You are what we want. And heaven is the end of the race we run. Today we are leaning that way, toward You, toward home. We love You and long for You, Jesus.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5

Through the day: Headed home.

13 Comments:

  • yes Lord, Yes Lord, walking in Your truths, we wait eagerly for your renown. Better Father, Better is one day, than oh so many anywhere else. I love you Abba...

    By Blogger David B, at 12/23/2005 12:56 AM  

  • Louie... and I take it this is Louie. You said this is a pilgrimage. And for me it started somewhat in September. I had a chance to meet you, I was runner at the Chris Tomilin show. Seeing the humbleness in your life displayed to me even more that you are truly head over heels for the Savior and pursing Him at 110%. Exactly where I should be. So I'm coming expectantly. Yes, there have been obstacles. But I'm looking forward to meeting there with you, 17,000 of my fellow collegers (new word!) and the one who if He wasn't there all this wouldn't be worth it. Let's press on! For His Glory... Justin

    By Blogger Justin, at 12/23/2005 1:15 AM  

  • Lord as everyone gets all the details down let satan's attempt to mess things up be blown out the door. May you be right there with us in our pilgramige to seek you as everyone travels to Nashville. Lord I pray for safe travel as 17,000 of us come from all across the nation, not to go to an event to have a good time Lord but to glorify you and everything that you do. Without you Lord I would be nothing but with you and through you you make all things a possibility. As the final touches are put together over Christmas Lord I want to pray for all the speakers and worships leaders that are helping to make this a possibility. I pray that you give them the wisdom and patience to put it all together. Lord I want to pray for everyone that is coming. That everyone would be open to you working on their lives and their hearts. Lord that it wouldn't be about the people or the event or the center that we are in Lord but that it would be about you and nothing else. Lord as the 2nd draws closer I pray that you prepare everyone's heart for what is going to happen. I love you Lord and I can't wait to see what you have in store for everyone in Nashville.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2005 1:20 AM  

  • Dear Lord
    Yes keep the enemy away,we pray he would not even come close to Passion!!!Lord I pray that all the students who will be driving to get to Passion that they would be protected and safe on there way!!
    And they would come prepared and ready to give all glory to you!!I pray that they all would feel you!
    It all about you God,It's all about you,we love you!I also ask Lord that you would protect Mr.Giglio,Mr.Tomlin,Crowder,CharlieHall these wonderful followers of you,I pray you would not let the enemy come near them in any way.
    In Jesus name AMEN
    Merry Christmas Mr.Giglio

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/23/2005 8:48 AM  

  • God, as we get ready for Passion, it is easy to get distracted by this break from school. Without a consistent schedule, we fall away from our routines of spending time with you and in worship, which makes it easy for Satan to get a footstool into our lives. We may be surrounded by old temptations, or new ones. You know our struggles God, and you know what may be holding us back. We give those up to You. Lord, give us the strength to endure these trials; help us ready our hearts for meeting with you at Passion by fleeing from the devil. We are excited to see what you are going to do!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2005 9:56 AM  

  • Thank you Lord. Thank you for the promises you have given us and providing each of us with a way and the means to get to Nashville.

    "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you. So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
    Hebrews 4-6

    Praise you Lord. Amen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2005 9:58 AM  

  • Dear Heavenly Father,

    Lord, as the time approaches, we know the enemy will be trying every way to thwart Your plan. Let us remember that although he is evil and the father of all lies and deceit, that you Lord are mightier than he. As satan tries in every way to throw obstacles our way; be it health, financial, jobs, whatever; let us take up your full armor of protection and rest assured that you will destroy all of the fiery darts he has to throw our way. Lord, we have 17,000+ students, lead worshipers, speakers, staff & volunteers coming together in 10 days, not for our own pleasure or for excitement of the event, but for honor and glory to You oh Lord. That we may see You fully for who You are and that we come with open hearts and souls to receive You into our hearts. That we may come with a thirst and hunger for you Lord. As the deer panteth for the water, let us long for you in that same way. Let this generation and many more be the ones that want to fully seek you and long for you. Lord we continue to pray for those who have already been hit with health issues of cancer, for You are bigger than their cancer, You are bigger than any trial or suffering we endure. Lord we lift them up to You that You give them strength to carry on. That You reach down with Your healing hands to touch them in their need for you Lord. Lord we love You and praise You. For it is in the mighty name of Your Son Jesus Christ that we pray....Amen.

    By Blogger Donna Versace, at 12/23/2005 1:45 PM  

  • Brothers and Sisters,

    The enemy is already at work. We must bind together in prayer, and stay burried in God's word.

    Sweet Lord Jesus, bind Satan from entangling your people in his lies and malice. Please, Bring your people to Nashville safely and eagerly awaiting your still soft voice. Awaken passions, carve intricate dreams, and whisper inspirations, in order that your Great Kingom will be strengthened.

    May these days be days remembered by the Church forever as a time where your people were awakened and determined for your renown.

    ///kyle

    By Blogger Kyle Williams, at 12/23/2005 4:13 PM  

  • Lord, I thank you for this day on earth where I can walk with you and serve You. I thank you evenmore Lord for the future you have in store for your children. May I never forget where you brought me from and I am headed. Everyday may I reminded what I'm here for and that this life is only a breath in the eternity You have ordained for Your children. Put in me an urgency to share about You and serve You. Watch us Lord as we prepare for Passion06. Satan is going to try so hard to stop us from coming to meet with You. Keep us safe and may we continually trust that You alone are in control. Jesus, I anxiously await the amazing, life-changing things you are doing and will do at Passion06!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2005 8:04 PM  

  • "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves: we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body..... Therefore we do not loose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal" 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

    Saw Narnia tonight! What an incredible reminder that though the enemy may roar-he is a defeated foe!

    Lord,
    I lay my life down once again as a living sacrifice for You. Thank you for making me a blood bought daughter of THE King.
    Your servant,
    Bev

    "For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf."
    2 Corinthians 5:14-15

    By Blogger bev strob, at 12/23/2005 10:08 PM  

  • i was so encouraged by the simple words in today's prayer journal, "We love you and we long for you, Jesus." He so deserves worship and adoration. keep praying, brothers and sisters :)

    By Blogger cdkj, at 12/23/2005 10:55 PM  

  • You words are so true and what I have been feeling myself. I just can't wait until I get to Passion06.
    I so can't wait to serve God in what ever manner he chooses. I am so very lucky to get to be a volunteer, representative for Passiono6, and can't wait to meet all the 17,000 that grace the doors and the name of the Lord.
    My prayer is that everyone celebrate our Lord Jesus and his birthday, and then celebrate the fact that we are able in whatever capacity to attend Passion06.
    Each person has things that get in their way each day to keep them from serving God, but just keep on praying and fullfilling His word, and we will all make a difference at Passion06 to someone.
    Each of you that read the BLOG, please have a wonderful, blessed Christmas, and I will look forward to seeing as many of you as I am able to meet.
    God's Peace and Love be with you!

    Teri

    By Blogger Teri, at 12/23/2005 11:39 PM  

  • Satan's attacks are real, but so uncreative. Worry seeps in as finances don't match up, travel plans fall through, and parents or other people don't approve or understand the need for the pilgrimage (beautifully put, Louie). Lord, you are bigger than doubts, worry, fear and thwarted plans. We trust that you hold us in your palm as you lead us to Nashville next week. We come to worship you and nothing can stand in your way.

    If you are reading this, and are driving to Passion from around Raleigh/ Durham NC, and have two extra seats for the ride home, please email Katie at widenk@spu.edu.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2005 2:36 PM  

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