CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 10, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter N

Filed under: DEVOTIONS — carolyncholland @ 10:30 pm

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  N

Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter M ( https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/26-devotions-based-on-the-alphabet-the-letter-m/  to read the previous post on the letter M.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER N

     Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) 

     I’ve never been enthusiastic about walking. From the ages of five to ten, I had to walk one and one-half miles to the one-room country school I attended in DeKalb, New York. When I was ten, my family moved into Gouverneur, a nearby town, where my walk to and from school was shortened to about one-half mile. I walked this route twice daily, since we could come home for lunch in those days.

     While living in Buffalo in the 1960’s, I recall attempting a twenty-mile walk in the city, against hunger. I completed about seventeen miles before my feet were too sore to go on further.

     I’m still not into walking all that much. However, last April, I walked up Laurel Mountain with a peace event, Walk for a Nuclear-Free Future (Feb. 13-May 1, 2010). I successfully made it from the base of the mountain, one mile east of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, to the summit—a steep six and a half miles, to an elevation of 2684—where my wife, Carolyn, met me. I gratefully rode down the mountain, resting my tired feet.

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     Yet walking with a purpose is central to many people’s lives. I see many people on their daily walk for health. My eighty-four year-old sister, Marge, walks one and one-half mile each morning in Edwards (upstate New York), weather permitting. Kudos to the people who walk with a purpose.

     Our scripture reminds us that there is no greater purpose than walking with God. Walking is a bigger concept than hitting the pavement. Quadriplegics can walk with God. Those confined to their homes by illness can walk with God.

     I don’t usually think of Noah as walking. I picture Noah year after year in his backyard building this huge ark, which took most of his life.

     The ultimate relationship with God (walking with God) is a matter of living righteously and blamelessly. For some, there may be a lot of physical walking and enjoying God’s created order. For others the “walk” may be heavy immersion in prayer. For others the “walk” may be filled with acts of kindness and mercy for others.

     Each of us has a different “walk.” If we are to join on the common walk with God, our living must stand the test of righteousness and blamelessness. Our “N” verse doesn’t give us the prescription for the walk with God, but describes those who walk with God.

     We are left with the challenge to identify the way to live the righteous, blameless life. Will we accept the challenge?

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To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER O, click on:  

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ADDITIONAL READING:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction

Sun, Moon, Stars, Planets—I Want Them All (includes pictures of my walk up Laurel Mountain)

ROBERT MENDLER: IN MEMORY December 10, 2009 A man who walked with God

AN UNEXPECTED VISIT WITH BOB MENDLER ON DECEMBER 8, 2009

Rhode Island Part 2

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