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Looking Backwards and Forwards

March 2, 2011

We are home. We left on Sunday and got home on Sunday having dropped a day somewhere over the ocean.

With my (Misha’s) grandfather passing away last week, the kids and I were supposed to fly back out to Tennessee yesterday, but at the last minute the ticket prices were just too prohibitive.

Instead my folks are coming to us tonight and are bringing all the videos of the funeral and stories and sharing times we missed for us to watch together. With that, with the earthquake in New Zealand last week, and the two big family reunions we had on the last day of being in New Zealand we have had a lot of mixed emotions this last week.

Our visit to New Zealand was full of precious times with loved ones and also full of beauty and meaningful times of prayer looking both forward (to potential changes in our home) and backwards (to our  lineage and heritage of family.) We thought a lot about life and the endurance and impact of our everyday choices.

In our last week in New Zealand we found a baby hammerhead shark in the waves that the kids got to open up and look inside (it’s pretty awesome when your Granddad is a doctor and your Nana is a nurse, standing by with water hose to rinse away the guts! : ) ) – we got to meet more Uncles and an Aunt the kids had only seen on computer screens – and Lionel and I got to go away for an early anniversary celebration, while the kids dug up their (live) dinner in the sand with Nana and Granddad. Lots of memories were made!

We have heard from the State that they are still reviewing our proposal regarding Giving Anonymously. Both Lionel and I have felt since coming home that our posture is to be one of rest and trust in what God has said and who He is. Our car died the first day we were home so that has given us a chance to reflect and not be out and about as much, too. : )

It’s good to be home.

the huge Kiwi flag hanging half-mast at the airport

“God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him…
courageous in seastorm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.

For even if the mountains walk away
and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.
The God who has compassion on you says so.”

from Psalm 46 and Isaiah 54

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