Boston Bound

Twenty-two of my church family (including myself) are traveling to Boston, Mass. tomorrow for a week of serving the people of Medford, a bedroom community of Boston.

Boston is home to Tufts University, founded by the Universalist Unitarian Church. This is a place where the word “tolerance” is championed. It’s also where Mayor Thomas M. Menino made a threat, then withdrew his threat to ban Chick-fil-A from Boston over Dan Cathy’s anti-gay marriage stance —

We go. To bless the people of this great city.

Just last Sunday, my ladies’ Sunday School class studied this passage in scripture. How contemporary and timeless God’s Word is!


12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. (I Peter 4: 12-14)


Merino’s backlash was a slap at conservative Christianity and the principles contained within God’s Word. It will be interesting to see if God puts any divine opportunities in our path in light of this controversy.

  • Lord, May all that is said and done glorify You! May You be the guardian of all our ways and may it be pleasing in Your sight.


  • Lord, be in our eyes—may we see with Your eyes the people of Medford. Don’t let us hurry past, but help us to notice those things we might have missed–


  • Lord, be in our ears—may we hear the voices clamoring for love or attention. Don’t let us turn away from loneliness or pain–


  • Lord, be in our hands—may we serve enthusiastically in whatever capacity You deem fit. Don’t let us get too hung up on only what we think is important–


  • Lord, be in our feet—may our feet be shod with the gospel of peace in a city that needs You. Don’t let us walk away without leaving seeds of Your message in each place we visit –


  • Lord, be in our hearts—may be pray over and be burdened about the people of Boston. Break our hearts over what breaks Yours, Lord–


  • Holy Spirit, we ask You to fill us supernaturally to do Your bidding. And we will be quick to return all glory to You, Lord, for You alone are worthy of all praise—


  • In Jesus’ sweet and all-sufficient name I pray, Amen.


Lookin’ up,








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