Thursday was a day for making memories.
A good friend was unexpectedly in need of some biblical pastoral counsel so I took the afternoon off work to journey with her to a man of God we'd been referred to see in D.C. A pastor at a Baptist church near Howard University (New Bethel), he was quite the wise man. His words were exactly what we needed to hear. I came expecting to provide support for my friend but instead found myself just as moved by his counsel as I hope she was.
He spoke of God, our mission in life to allow God to perfect us (and how, when he's helped us to overcome one stranglehold, God will soon spur us on to dislodge the next- it's a long road to perfection), and the enemy who stands at the constant ready to distract us and disrupt the mission. He gave us practical and specific advice on discerning the word of God (be in the word every day until God's word is so familiar that no enemy of his can mimic it and lead us astray without us being aware of the deception) and strengthening our "castles" against the onslaught of the enemy (square our sins and those sins of others we need to forgive before God so that the enemy cannot lob them against us in battle).
It was one of the best sermons I've ever sat for and I'm so glad that I was able to hear it through the unexpected turn of my afternoon schedule.