In my early years, I didn't know much about Christian sub-divisions, so I had to ask my parents, "What am I?" "Protestant," they said - that was to distinguish me from a couple of Catholic friends I had. Of course, I had no idea what a "Protestant" was, except that it was a "non-Catholic."
I am both puzzled and amused by a sign written in large letters and posted on one of our main roads in the city. It reads: "Free Prayer" and then lists a phone number to call. It puzzles me because I thought that all prayer was "free".
New experiences can be an exciting amalgam of opportunity, dread, anticipation, and trepidation. It was so for the people of Israel as they faced an unknown journey into the future. According to scripture, Joshua led the people to the banks of the Jordan River and there they paused to "take stock" and receive instructions.