Final Journey

Here is the final posting of quotes from my Word of the Year for 2013 — Journey:

Even when God seemed to have abandoned me He was watching.  And even when He seemed indifferent to my suffering He was watching.  And when I was beyond all hope of saving He gave me rest and gave me a sign to continue my journey.     — Movie, The Life of Pi

May I hold forth the way of Jesus with my temper as well as my tongue, with my life as well as my lips.  May I say to all I meet, I am journeying towards the Lord’s given place, come with me for your good.  May I be prepared for all the allotments of this short, changing, uncertain life, with a useful residence in it, a comfortable journey through it, a safe passage out of it.  — The Valley of Vision, pg. 149

Be with us to our journey’s end that we may glorify Thee in death as in life…May our conscience be clear, our hearts pure, our sleep sweet!  — The Valley of Vision, pg .212

The journey is hard but the worst thing is traveling with the wrong people.  Choose the right people before you choose your road.   — Mark Burnett, Willow Creek Summit

What is past is gone, now we journey on through the night. –Jean Valjean (the musical Les Miserables)

We learned that in every journey we should continually commit to God the steps on the way to where we are going. For in Him, we move and have our being to bear good fruit, fruit that lasts.  Without Him, we can do nothing.         –Dennis Mugimba, Learning and Support Specialist, Uganda, One in Spirit, pg. 249

I know the journey seems so long you feel you’re walking on your own but there has never been a step where you’ve walked out all alone.  — Jeremy Camp, “There Will Be a Day”

Start a musical journey.  In the morning, just make up something on the keyboard.  Just a few measures are fine.  Just plop your hands down and mess around — see what you discover.  — Teresa Wilhelmi, Piano Improvisation Workshop

Enjoy the journey rather than rushing to finish.  — Gloria Loughman, Quilted Symphony, pg. 21

The following two quotes do not use the word “journey,” but they are clearly about life’s journey, and so appropriate at the start of a new year.  They were written by the early puritans.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with thee, o Father, as my harbor, thee, O Son, at my helm, thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.  — The Valley of Vision, pg. 112

Voyage — O Lord of the oceans, my little bark sails on a restless sea, Grant that Jesus may sit at the helm and steer me safely…the voyage is long, the waves high, the storms pitiless, but my helm is held steady, thy Word secures safe passage, thy grace wafts me onward, my haven is guaranteed…May I strive to bind up every wound, and pour oil on all troubled waters.  May the world this day be happier and better because I live.  Let my mast before me be the Saviour’s cross, and every oncoming wave the fountain in his side.  Help me, protect me in the moving sea until I reach the shore of unceasing praise.  — The Valley of Vision, pg. 110

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