Wondering as we wander
As the Christian world prepares to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Val and I send our appreciation to family and friends who help us to remember Him. As we return from a visit to lands of antiquity, including the town of His birth, waves of gratitude reverberate while we work to strengthen essential connections, appreciate the bitter cup, and relish the quiet assurance of His great offering.
Upon completing an 18 month mission to rich, green Guatemala, our arms became flooded with kisses, bike rides, walks, card games, and charades with children, grandchildren, and grand puppies. After responding to an invitation to "stay awhile" from children, we gathered grit enough to join a Mediterranean adventure with Val's sister and pieces of her husband's family--including friends from a beloved Honduras temple mission.
While traipsing over volcanic ruins and peering past the distance of oceans and centuries, we experienced up close the tension and strain of physical, political and religious variances in the crossing of time zones and cultures. Our eyes opened to the impact of walls, the reality of pain, and ultimately, the power of personal peace that whispers hope and adds a glimpse of understanding to transcend the rush, disappointment, and uncertainty that tends to crowd our lives.
As we safeguard sacred space in the glimmer of the season's light, may we each be buoyed with vision in our vicissitudes and shored as we rub shoulders (even sore ones) with other souls in shared strivings. Through our wanderings, may we work to be wise men and women who still seek our Bright and Morning Star. May we continue to covet vital connections, grateful for fellow shepherds who lift their light upon a hill and wend their way with gifts to the manger, as they come to more clearly see and cherish the garden, the cross and the empty tomb!
Blessings to you and yours,
Val and Laurene