Today my heart and my mind are full of thankfulness for a beautiful day looking back at this year and years past. I am thankful for my beautiful family. I am always amazed by how much each year looks so incredibly different from the year before.
In the last 12 months, we moved our family which constituted a new lifestyle in many ways, traveled across the world to fall in love with Ethiopia, my daughter started middle school, hired and trained a brand new full time assistant, made many significant new friends, sold 6 million dollars in real estate, began leading a small group bible study, started writing my blog and have become aware of poverty in a new and tangible way. Maybe there are more?
As the day has already closed and I am slow to relinquish it, I begin to think about Christmas. The final crescendo of the year. Only 2 days later we will be leaving for Ethiopia. The discussion this evening began of gifts and planning for Christmas.
Just now I began to think of my own list…if I could truly have whatever I want.
for my friend B. to be able to provide medicine for his blind mother in the leper colony.
clean water for Alex’s mother in her hometown that has never known of a well.
restoration for broken relationship and past hurts.
my friends to be blessed by knowing of the blessing that comes from generosity.
understanding of culture that is so different than mine.
less need to drive the day and more opportunity to allow the day to pass on its own timing.
children to have people who love them and provide for their needs.
hope to be given for those with medical and special needs.
relief from poverty that devastates the very existence of someones soul.
Ultimately, for my “brother” and my “sister” to be given a future and a hope.
I hope you will pray with me that God will hear my request before him for the best Christmas ever. I pray the he will squish hearts that they might overflow with kindness and compassion toward those around them and around the world. I pray that my own heart my be soft enough to embrace my part. My will being surrendered to him and his gifts given to me, in whatever shape and size. I pray that he will do miracles above and beyond what make sense to to us in our human knowledge and that we might be amazed in his greatness despite our own insignifigant persons.