Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Looking back on 2014
I know...I know.
I haven't been around much lately.
I am not even going to make excuses for my absence.
My first priority will ALWAYS be the Mission and the calling on my life.
This has been a tough...tough year and still I can't believe that it is nearly over.
Life is truly like a roll of toilet paper...the closer you get to the end the quicker it goes :-)
At this time of the year I love to look back on our journey through this year in our lives. At the beginning of the year my word to live by was "Eucharisteo". “Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning joy.”
This proved to be "hard" thanksgiving from the get go. On the very first day of this year we took people from the Mission on an outing that resulted in two of the young men drowning. A wake-up call on the first day of the year that life is fragile and precious. At times like these we have to make a choice...we can give up and wallow in self pity or we can get up and praise God in the circumstances. Over these past 16 years in full time ministry we have learned that when things fall apart we need to run to the One who holds everything together.
Life for us is never boring or dull. This year held indescribable heartache and indescribable joy. We have had the heartache of seeing little children abandoned by their parents...we have had the joy of seeing families reconciled and reunited. We have had the heartache of death due to drowning and death due to drugging...and we have had the joy of seeing people walk the road of healing from addictions. We had the heartache of people choosing to live in darkness and we have had the joy of people choosing to live in the light. Life is filled with joy and with pain and we have to choose not to numb the pain and continue living.
I can look back on this year and thank the Lord for the sorrow and the joy. I can thank Him for walking with us through every storm this year held. I am thankful for the love that always, always surround me. I am thankful that He shows me beauty in many unexpected places. I am thankful that the Lord chose to call us to head up the Mission and touch the lives of the broken people that He has placed in our care. I am thankful for my beautiful children and grandchildren...a constant source of joy to me...I am truly blessed.