The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Journey forward, travel light

Spiritual lessons we learned from moving

Last January we moved into our own home, just eight miles from the parsonage where we had resided for the previous eight years. When we joined the ranks of the thousands of people who relocate each year, we weren't prepared for the powerful spiritual effects that the move would have on our lives.

Perhaps we should have been. We knew moving is often wrapped up with God's call to do important things with one's life. Take the first time God spoke to Abraham: "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you" (Genesis 12:1). In the gospels, Jesus sometimes demanded that his followers leave behind their former lives to move forward with him. He wanted the rich man to sell all that he had and the grieving son to leave his dead father behind (Luke 18:18-25; 9:59-60).

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