My appointment was this morning at 9:40 am.  After filling out all the necessary paperwork and repeatedly confirming the date of my birth, (no less than 6 times) I received my first vaccination shot today. Yea, but it’s not a big deal. Not really and in a few months, March 29th will be unremarkable, just another day –  but it is?  Today takes me toward normality or at the very least a bit closer. (I can almost hear a four-piece rendition of “O What A Day” sung by the Chancel choir all together up in the mezzanine.) The positive news is (in Florida) 3,248,263 people have been fully vaccinated and I am now half way there. The challenge (in Florida) is 18,252,737 still need to be vaccinated. We do have a way to go. That’s not only true in our state, but in our country as well as throughout the world to defeat this nasty virus.  I also realize not every person in Florida, or in our country nor throughout world will get vaccinated. (In fact many people, because of what part of the world they call home, won’t even have access to a vaccination anytime soon if at all.) Reaching even the threshold number for herd immunity is highly doubtful and it’s kind of difficult to say. But what I can boldly say is we’re on the right path.  We press on – right? That’s what scripture encourages us to do – “to press on.”  In the vocabulary of faith perseverance, persistence, purposeful living are faithful traits to embody. No pep talk nor an inspiration or aspirational declaration, just a comforting realization. Wherever the journey has led me, whatever the circumstance I have faced and may face in the future, all those difficult things needing my attention, no matter how many times I mess up, I press on because it’s what faithfulness expects and I know the more excellent way of living. Friends, press on.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:13-14
“Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Reflection Questions:
What goals are you working toward?
What do you need to leave behind?
How is perseverance, persistence, purposeful living important in expressing your faith?

Prayer: Holy God, you call me to a deeper sense of faithfulness, strengthen my resolve to keep my eyes on what matters to you. Amen.

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