GOD PAUSE: You and I are on a pilgrimage, a journey, whose destiny will take us to our home where we're meant to be. And sometimes on our journey, we will have seasons of dryness. Times when hope wanes or disappears. Feelings of being cut off from God even. In the Bible, David calls it the “valley of baca” or tears. Oh, but I have Good News! Psalm 84:6 says “Even when their paths wind through the dark valley of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain.” Dear Papa, even in the valley, you will give us a brook of blessing. You will fill us with the rain of an outpouring. We will grow stronger and stronger with each step forward. And we will come out the other side --- all because of You. Amen and amen.