Thursday, April 20, 2017

A get-together or two

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
We look forward to dinner-and-a-movie night all month.

In the afternoon, Bandung has a thunder, lightning, and hail storm that deters a few from coming over. A few old trees fall over in the streets on other slopes and passersby take pictures and wonder how the spirits of the trees will react.

More than 60 of us eat, watch The Sound of Music, and some even sing along. Some look surprised that the melodies and words they know come from this musical.

Afterward, we chat and munch on popcorn until nearly midnight. W and I love the new networks of friends and acquaintances springing up. And we treasure the conversations.

We have 3 new walking companions this morning, representing France, the Philippines, and Malaysia. W and I are soooo tired but he leads the walk from our house. We go up and down. Up and down, along the river.

The creeks are swollen from the downpours yesterday. It's only a 2.5 miles trek. But it's steep!

We climb the muddy, slippery trails. I fall once and suddenly the entire side of my trouser is covered in dirt.

Someone has built a fence across the trail. Maybe they hope to deter motorcycles from going down the path beside the steps. We crawl through and over it.

And how on earth do the occupants get into the side door of this very beautiful house? On the other side is a porch with a million-dollar view of the valley. But this step is just ... strange. We get used to many things, but occasionally something makes us look twice.

Graffiti has no country. It's everywhere. 

One of the newbies thought it was a one-hour walk: they have made another appointment and have to leave at 10am. They'll never find their way back, so we all hustle back up the side of the mountain. We are dripping sweat and our faces are red.

A few of us end the morning with tea and cookies on our porch. The advantage of my baking binges is readiness - drop by anytime.

Read more:
*Direct your heart to the Lord, and serve him only. 1 Samuel 7:3
*Thus shall you say to one another, among yourselves, “What has the Lord answered?” or “What has the Lord spoken?” Jeremiah 23:35
*Paul wrote: Live your life in a manner worthy of the Good News of Christ. Philippians 1:27
*So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
Moravian Prayer: Generous God, you have provided us with many blessings in our lives. As we acknowledge these gifts with thankful hearts, may we hear your call to share what we have received from you. As we give to others, help us also to receive more from your word and teachings that will allow us to better serve you and your Kingdom.
Lord Jesus, we are filled daily in our lives with your abundant love and mercy. Grant to us the desire to live a life worthy of the gospel and to serve you with all our heart, mind and soul. Amen.

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