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   Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it,

   they followed him on foot  from the towns (Matthew. 14:13 NRS)


              A quiet place. In this day and age is there any “quiet place” anymore? A quiet place is not about getting away from noise these

    days. A quiet place is away from noise, visual stimulation, cell phones, internet, Facebook, television, and anything distracting 

    including some never ending family, work and other obligations and just finding a place alone with yourself or better yet yourself and

   God.

             We all need time away to gather our thoughts and pray about what God wants us to do in our lives for him and if we are doing it.

   God has placed us where we are and so we should consider living from the foundation of God and Jesus and their will for our lives.

   We could do what we prefer but God through the Holy Spirit will always work to redirect our path to align with his.


            31He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were com-ing and going,

    and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by them-selves. (Mark. 6:31-32 NRS)


           Jesus even instructs his disciples to go away WITH him to a deserted place to rest and take care of themselves physically (no

   leisure to even eat) and spiritually. How can one do the will of God if they are over worked and exhausted? No one can, not even Jesus.
           One cannot efficiently live life if they never stop to take care of themselves, recharge their batteries, eat healthy, exercise and take

   time to enjoy God’s great earth. And especially time to listen to the God who gave them all the time and talent to live as they do.
           If you think you can live this life effectively without taking time with God-well you can, but how is that going for you? Do you have

   moments where you wonder what God is doing in your life that you don’t under-stand? Are some relationships not as harmonious as

   you wish? Do you question if God is paying attention to you, your prayers, the community, the world? You won’t know if you do not take

   time out from your day to day life to be with God.
          There is that great old hymn most of us will remember of walking with God in his garden:

 

     I come to the garden alone,

     While the dew is still on the roses,

     And the voice I hear falling on my ear

     The Son of God discloses

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             Refrain: And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
             And He tells me I am His own;
             And the joy we share as we tarry there,
             None other has ever known.


      He speaks, and the sound of His voice

      Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

      And the melody that He gave to me

      Within my heart is ringing.

 

   So on Saturday, July 30th we are offering this time to be alone to hear the voice of God to each of us. No it will not be in his “garden”

   but maybe amongst his corn field or wheat field which is in God’s garden of Cordova. It is time to realize this is God’s world and we  

   are stewards of all God has given us. It is time to walk undistract-ed with God and listen for his love for each of us so that we can

   share that same love with everyone else. God is waiting.    Won’t you join him?

 

   See you on the 30th (deadline for registration is the 15th)

 

 

   Pastor Flavia

 

 

                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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