I will be travelling by car from Chicago down to the deserts of Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico from Sep 24 to October 11. It’s a sort of clear-my-head road trip following all that’s happened over the past year. It should take me through Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado on the way down and back. There is no fixed itinerary nor destination, so if there is anyone along the way who’d like to meet with me so that we can enjoy a little Christian fellowship, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going into the desert like all the great men of faith, Moses , Elijah and Elisha , Jesus ,John the baptist. Did it myself when I was younger , all the best Meleti .
I hope this road trip proves to be what you need it to be. Have a great time, take care and be safe!
The Rush comments are so funny to me. For years while I was an elder I interjected music lyrics into my talks. Often times they are poetic ways to speak naked truths, other times to see who might get it. Several years ago, a brother quoted a line from Freewill “If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice”. When I looked at him and gave him a thumbs up he just about dropped his teeth.
Meleti, enjoy your road trip. May it be both refreshing and cleansing.
Hi Meleti, change in routine; rest and solitude good for the mind and soul (Mr 6:31)
Have a good trip and safe return with your stories of the road.
Have a safe and enjoyable trip Meleti!!! So deserving after such a great loss. Hoping your trip will bring the clarity you desire and that Jehovah and Jesus will continue to give you a clear vision to continue this wonderful work.
Good morning Meleti,
just wanted to say take care, enjoy yourself .. also sometimes it is rewarding not to have a set plan.
May God and Christ continue with you.
FYI, weather in desert-like states can be unpredictable in the spring and fall. When you are out there, be sure to keep close tabs on the weather and stay safe. If you have a smart phone, you can get the Weather Channel on it to keep you updated. And, in isolated areas, always treat a 1/2 empty gas tank as if it’s empty, and start looking for a gas station so you don’t get stranded. Also, be on the watch for wildfires out west; there have been a lot of them this year. Don’t get trapped in a fire zone,… Read more »
Good advice. Thanks Robert.
P.S. Be sure to keep your cell phone plugged in all the time to keep it charged. If you run into car trouble, you don’t want a dead phone battery then, since you might not be able to use you car to charge the phone if the car wont start.
Have an enjoyable trip my brother. Been on a similar trip to Utah, Arizona and NM with my dear wife….so much fun. And may you find clarity of mind, and may the pleasantness of our dear God Jehovah and our Master Jesus continue with you.
Your scriptural and spiritual insights have brought great warmth and understanding to my troubled heart since quietly leaving the organ last Nov 2016…. after 45 yrs of association and 36 of them baptized.
Hoping to make it to Washington State in 2018. Perhaps we can meet then.
Hi Johnny. I live right by the Great Wolf lodge in Grand Mound. Left org in March 2015. 44 years. Almost half of that as MS/Elder. Circuit talks, sign language. I was deeply involved. JW was my existence. I would be willing to meet you somewhere if you would like.
Que nuestro señor Jesucristo y nuestro padre te bendigan en tu viaje querido hermano;cuando vengas a Colombia de seguro estrecharé tu mano
Talvez el año que viene, Dios mediante
I have done that trip many times. I hope you enjoy your time. Kind of reminds me of Neil Peart, drummer of Rush. After many depressing things occurred in his personal life, he went on a similar head-clearing road trip.
Rock on Meleti!
A Rush fan. I like it. Ghost Rider. Wonderful song and book. Clockwork Angels is our story of learning the truth of the Watchtower. “The Wreckers” was the song that played in my head for first two years out. I pass my old kh and that song is all I think of.
“And the meek shall inherit the Earth”……..
“We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx”….
Extra credit if you can make an application of that line Brain….,
You hit that one out of the park Brain.
I always liked Limelight, especially the chorus, which had great meaning for me:
Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme
I Agree, the words are thought provoking and describe our predicament very well. The music too is quite compelling, that sort of ‘On The Road’ beat that moves it along. So our very dear brother in Christ, Meleti, we earnestly wish you God’s care and blessing. When I think of the ‘On The Road’ activity across America I just can help thinking of a Scottish comedian called Billy Conolly and of him riding his black Harley Davidson Trike bike. And now I’m having glimpsing thoughts, Meleti, of you riding one of these across the Plains, wearing a cutomised weathered old… Read more »
My brother-in-law let me ride his Harley once. Just threw me the keys and said “Take her out”. That was a long time ago when I was young and foolhardy. I’m not young anymore. 🙂 I confess I was terrified of breaking the bike, but couldn’t refuse an offer like that–or was it a challenge? In any case, male pride took hold and I rode it all the way around the block. Yes sirree, a WHOLE BLOCK. My biggest fear was having it tip over when I stopped. I was pretty skinny back then. Anyway, Harley? Been there, done that.… Read more »
I knew you were a rocker Robert!
We really are brothers. Nice post. Sorry Meleti, didn’t intend for your Road Trip notification to morph into this, but we must remember 1 Timothy 1:11? (NWT)
The part I especially liked about that song is where it says “alienation”. Far too many people are alienated in this world, both from loneliness and from being unable to relate to others. On the BP, feelings, opinions and sentiments can run high, leading to arguments and hurt feelings. That is the sort of alienation the song calls on us to ‘put aside’. What we ought to pursue is ‘fascination’ with the truth and what is really important and valuable. That should be the ‘underlying theme’ of our lives, to seek greater understanding of our world, other people, ourselves, our… Read more »
If I am not mistaken, even though Rush is a rock band, I don’t recall any Rush songs having vulgar lyrics. I can’t think of any of their songs that could really be called objectionable. Some of their songs are based on science fiction themes, which I find interesting.
That is true- no “objectionable” lyrics to my knowledge. I love sci-fi also. ( Warp Speed ) Beam me up Scotty!