Post 6 – June 5, 2018, The Camino de Assisi. The Inklings. In The Beginning.

The Camino de Assisi. 
The Way of St Francis.
Italy: From Florence to Assisi, then on to Rome. Trek For A Dream.  
Post 6: June 5, 2018, Tuesday. 
Day T-6: Leave for Florence in 6 days, to start The Camino. 
The Caminos of Life.  The Inklings.  In The Beginning.  

      The Westside Secret Anonymous Breakfast Club met this morning.  The “Inklings” for short, in a nod to C.S. Lewis, but mostly his brother, Warren Lewis.  We met early.  While it was still dark.  Mark 1:35.  Indeed, it is still meeting.  And now . . . it is light.  I just decided to start this message while in the meeting, of, The Inklings.  We’re making big decisions today.  We are all agreeing to start something.
      To begin something.
      And agree to be finished on August 1st, when, God willing I return from the Camino de Assisi.  And this is all cool because we happen to be studying 1 John 1.  And we also happened to enjoy Benny Perez’ sermon on Sunday at the Dream Center/Angelus Temple.  Our little group of Inklings are a ragtag group of unwashed Christians who love the Bible, and have a pretty simplistic way of working it into our lives. In our view, John the Apostle was obsessed with “beginnings.”  “In the beginning …”  John 1.  And then, we look at 1 John 1, “That which was from the beginning …”  One thing we like about John the Apostle is that he did NOT want to lose ground.  It is said that John wrote this letter to put believers back on track, to show the difference between light and darkness, truth and error, and to make sure believers did not lose ground, the progress they had already achieved.  So, in our own little way, we all decided to begin something, and see it through to the finish on August 1st.  Some of us are starting the next novel or book, and shall have three chapters by August 1st.  Some are deciding on a new business, so they are commiting to a complete business plan by August 1, some are commiting to finish an already half-finished project.  The list is quite long.
And in some ways we all need a miracle, because none of these dreams can succeed without God’s help.
      Which brings us to Benny Perez’ sermon, based on the story of when Jesus turns water into wine, which was entitled: “Listen to Mom,” mostly because in John 2, Mary tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.  Just do it!  And all of us, believes that God wants us to accomplish certain things, and we better get crackin.  And– keep walking.  Interesting, Benny reminded us, that there was a certain amount of time between the servants filling the jars with water, carrying them to the party, and then the water being turned into wine. Did the servants continuously look down to see if the water was still water.  “The devil wants you to look at the water and question the miracle.”  We need to remember to keep walking.  “Most miracles are through a process of time,” Benny reminded us.
      “God will never give you what you can be responsible for.”
      “Keep walking.  The water will turn into wine.”
      “God kept the best for last.  And the best is yet to come.”

      Thank you for the message, Benny.  We shall keep walking.  The best is yet to come.  Indeed, all of us are beginning something anew today.

      I am thinking about asking Pastor Matthew if I can start an Inklings at the Dream Center.  Hmmm.  I’ll run it by my friends, Arlon, Humberto, Kat, Danny, Philip, Jerry, Evan, Irina, etc. etc.  There’s a lot of us “beginners” out there.

      Mercy, I need to prepare for the Camino de Assisi.  I begin next week.

      Amen.

 

The Dream Center, June 3, 2018.

Humberto Moro, the legend continues. New beginnings.