Guest Blogger: Beth Brown Chiles


Walking the Shoreline with God

Lakeside Chautauqua has been the place where many individuals have discovered their true identities. There is something about sitting on the dock at sunset or walking the shoreline in the early morning hours that helps us hear the voice of God.

While it might not be a blinding experience, quite often it has changed the course of a person’s life, which has helped them find their true identity in their relationship with God.

Our selected scripture for this week reveals the conversion of Saul. Just as important, is the way in which Ananias obeys God’s call in his life, too. So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul and said:

“Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 9:17, The Message

Ananias touches Saul’s life in such a way Saul’s true identity—contrary to his original self-filled with hatred, mistrust, loathing and misinformation— is transformed so Saul can share the Gospel of Jesus with others.

As a blogger, I enjoy hearing and reading the stories of others. The Front Porch has been a great way to connect with Lakeside even when I can’t visit.

In what ways does the experience in Lakeside help you discover Jesus? As you walk the shoreline, do you have experiences that have helped your relationship with God grow stronger? You are invited to reflect on these questions this week in your daily mediation.

This week’s Chaplain of the Week is the Rev. Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy, Assistant Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair and Director of the Center of Urban Ministry, United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

The theme for the week is “Claiming Our True Identity: Baptism and Communion as Spiritual Resources for Ministry and Mission.”