Challenging - we heard good advice and bad, found some beginnings and endings, and got to ask a lot of questions of experts, family, and friends. I read a lot, too.
We visited groups and neighborhoods and gatherings around the Pacific NW.
Heartening - we played with the grandkids, ate with old friends and new, and looked around at how people are serving God and each other.
We bundled up, visited, listened to a lot of stories, and shared something of our own journey.
We celebrated a birthday or two as a family.
Grandkids are the most fun! There was not enough time or energy for all we wanted to do with them.
And now I'm right back where I belong. Love you, Indonesia!
*He shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord. Micah 5:4
*O greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong! Daniel 10:19
*All the peoples of the earth will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30
*Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27
*In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.
Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11
Moravian Prayer: God of provision, you sustain us daily. Let us never turn from you; let us seek you until the end of days.
God of peace, your way is not like the way of the world. Do not let fear control us, but let us stand strong in your loving kindness.Amen.