Have you ever played the game “I’m going on a journey and with me I will bring . . .?”

There is more than one version of the game. One version becomes a language skills game as you use alliteration. Using the same first letter for each word expands our vocabulary.

“I’m going on a journey to Cairo and with me I will bring a camel.” The next person thinks and shares what they might bring that also begins with the letter “c.”

“I’m going on a journey to Cairo and with me I will bring a coin.” On and on the game can go until there aren’t any more c-words to be thought of. Then you can change the place and the letter and continue.

In another version the first letter doesn’t have to be the same, but the object is more about each person remembering the list of items as you take turns. This game helps us get to know each other better. We each pack differently because we are all unique.

“We’re going on a journey and with us we will bring my guitar.” The next person might say, “We’re going on a journey and with us we will bring your guitar and my teddy bear.” Once again, the game can go on and on.

For a third version you add a “what if” element. “What if we were going on a journey and we confronted a large bear?” Then you discuss options for continuing the journey. After some discussion the second person might ask: “What if we were going on a journey and we were given a large gift-wrapped package?”

As we begin looking toward a new year, 2020, it is a good time to begin to live on the path that God has set before us.Like Abraham and Sarah, we are going on a journey. They didn’t know what was ahead or where they would go, yet God made them some promises for the journey: they would have descendants as many as the stars. (we are some of them); and God would give them a place to be (do you have a place?); and God would be with them always (God is all around you in the creation).

Jesus came thousands of years later to underline these promises and to tell us that they still hold for us. Each year Christmas is about the celebration of God coming to us in a divine human who can relate to us, just as he can connect us to God, the Creator.

As a new year arrives, we look toward the next leg of our life journey. And as a Christian, I am a “Christ follower on a journey toward God’s promise.” When I proclaim this (in my heart or with my mouth) I allow the Holy Spirit to direct my path.

For 2020, we are all invited to think about what kind of a journey we are on, what we will bring, who is traveling with us and “what if” there are difficulties OR blessings along the way.

“We’re going on a journey and with us we will bring . . .”

(Copyright © 2020 APG Media)

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