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Our Annual Pilgrimage

Friday, January 17, 2020

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“Consider the subject of Job's devout anticipation: ‘I shall see God.’ He does not say, ‘I shall see the saints’—though doubtless that will be untold happiness—but ‘I shall see God.’ It is not ‘I shall see the pearly gates, I shall behold the walls of jasper, I shall gaze upon the crowns of gold, but ‘I shall see God.’” – C.H. Spurgeon

Every December, Chris and I try our best to make our annual pilgrimage to Orlando. No, not to visit Disney World or to watch the Magic play at the Amway Center. Instead, we head on over to the Ritz Carlton hotel to see the PNC Father-Son Challenge on their championship golf course.

Each time it’s played, this tournament attracts some of the biggest names in golf. Not current players, mind you, but the ones I grew up watching… and in some cases, idolizing. The 20-team field includes more than a dozen World Golf Hall of Famers paired with their sons, daughters, or grandchildren.

Trevino, Irwin, Norman, Faldo, Miller, Price, O’Meara, and Zoeller are just some of the golfing greats we’ve gotten to see over the past five years. This year, Annika Sorenstam participated for the first time as did Gary Player and Tom Watson, and returning players included some of my favorite Christian golfers like Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, and Lee Jansen.

However, there is one – and only one – all-time great that I look for and follow each year. Jack William Nicklaus, the “Golden Bear”. I simply can’t imagine going to this tournament and not seeing Jack compete. Even at age 79, he can still stripe it down the middle off the tee and drain a 40-foot double-breaking putt.

But I realize that someday soon, age will catch up to him and Jack will no longer be able to tee it up. Thankfully, that will never happen in heaven, because the One I am going to see there is – and always will be – in the prime of His career.

Simply put, I get to see Jesus, God in the flesh, and I can’t wait!

“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 19:11-13 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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