Redding, my destination. Yes, it is hot here. The first two days were 100 degrees, and yes it is September! The family I'm living with is straight up a blessing. They love the lord and seek to be faithful with all they have. John spent two hours with me laying to rest my brakes and drilling out a lug nut bolt I had broken off. He shows me what it means to love those around you.
Bethel has been an incredible place, and school hasn't even started yet. I was struck by the sweet welcoming of worship on Sunday when the voices left the words of songs and began to sing God's songs, and as God so often does during those moments he began to do his work in us. While a violin played in the background I had this image of Jesus riding before his Saints, but before they marched off into battle he began to cut our hearts as he rode up and down the ranks, removing the impurities of our life. Psalm 51 says "Create in me a clean heart, O God , and renew a right spirit within me", and then later "restore to me the Joy of my Salvation". As our hearts are pierced with his Spirit repentance flows, and then the sweet Joy of Salvation overcomes us. And that joy is a feeling that no worldly pleasure can ever attain.