Hello from Japan!

ABEL-CHRIS-97By Chris Abel, Youth Director

I’m writing this article from a hostel cafe in Tokyo, and let me tell you, as exciting as that sounds it’s nerve-wracking to go so far outside of my comfort zone alone. It’s in these moments that I realize how hard it is to put yourself into unfamiliar situations just because they might hold the potential to also be wonderful adventures.
The same could be said of a life following Jesus. In the Gospel of John, Jesus is asked a question about spirituality, and responds by saying:
“God’s Spirit blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8 CEB)
This phrase, “born of the Spirit” insinuates that there is a place in our life when our spirit and mind go through the difficult, lonely, and painful journey of being born into a new way of living. But Jesus is saying that once we’re there, we are suddenly open to God’s wind blowing us into adventurous and precious moments and relationships.
It’s a lot like traveling to a new country. Hard, but absolutely worth the effort.
May you choose the harder path! Some day you may wish you did.

Published by


Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s