Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25
This time last week Rebekah and I were steaming from Baltimore to Bermuda on one of Royal Caribbean’s massive floating buffets. The reason – as I’ve mentioned before – was to celebrate my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary!
There were no “church” services scheduled on board, so we met in my parents’ cabin after breakfast for a time of devotion, prayer, scripture, and sharing. We very much missed being with our church family at WFPC, but it doesn’t matter where we are, we can still gather for worship as God’s people.
To be honest, it’s always mystified me why church attendance goes down in the summer. Sure, when you’re on a boat it’s impossible to show up at church building; but the majority of the time, no matter where we are, there’s pretty much nothing that can stop us from gathering with some community of faith, some church, some body of believers.
Rebekah often encourages our church members to bring back bulletins from the services they have attended while travelling, all over the USA and the world. Then she jokes that she wants those bulletins signed by the pastor – and some people actually do that. She’s only joking about the signature, but on some level not really, because the idea points to how important it is for us to remain not only faithful in worship, but connected to our brothers and sisters who share this journey of following Jesus.
So here are a few photos from that first day at sea. Enjoy the beauty of creation, and don’t forget to go to church… wherever you are on this beautiful Father’s Day.
– Peace, and more peace – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.