Israel's Coming Back!!

To Glorify Difficulty clouds my attempts in justly articulating the anticipation of Journey 2011 and the year to come. To spare you any loquacious philosophies adrift in theoretical atmosphere, I will leave you with a summation of privilege, humility, and astonishment. I have no right to be here- to be where I am right now, typing this blog. Yet, here I am. I am free. I am free to be- to be me, to be here, to be broken, to be misunderstood, to be wrong, to be embraced, to be clean, to be renewed, to be invested; I am now free to love others. So therefore, I have every right to be here, thanks to the cross and life embodied in our Savior, Jesus, who now reigns above us, amongst us, and in us. This is awesome news to a wretch like me, and as sounds of an old hymn ring true and my life gives testament to how truly amazing His Grace is. Excitement and humility along with a very real and present spiritual battle encompass the opportunity of being a part of Journey for a second year. The battle lies in my heart where flesh meets Spirit and things get down to the nitty-gritty. In selfishness, I tend to withdraw from relationship and fall into complacent comfort. I pray that battle into surrender this summer, as I rest in the One who fights on my behalf. Awaiting God’s miraculous power to leave us at awe as he works this summer, spending time and enjoying relationship with those I already hold dear and those I soon will, and surrendering to the joy of God’s sanctifying will as I continue this adventure with Him and my siblings is well worth the cost. I pray all glory be to Jesus this summer as we take part in our Father’s work. I also pray I remember I am his child and we are his children. The importance lies in the relationship between the child and his Father, not so much the task. Our Dad is more than capable without us; it is by Grace we are included. I am just glad to be here!

-Israel Wright

“26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”[“ -1 Corinthians 1:26-31