II Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43
A group of friends vacationing together in Maine decided to take an all-day hike. Hoping to avoid the crowds of summer tourists that traversed the popular trails, they decided to take a lesser-known route. After a half day of strenuous climbing, stunning vistas, and their ongoing, lively banter, the pack’s leader suddenly raised an important question. “Hey guys,” he called out. “Does anyone else think we’re lost?” After a lengthy debate, the hikers each studied their maps, trying to pinpoint their current location. One of the more experienced climbers began to match the surrounding landmarks with those identified on his map. Then he confirmed his findings with his compass. Checking the map one more time, he looked up and announced…
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