I am scheduled to return to Guatemala tomorrow. It will be the 5th of April – exactly one month since I arrived back home in Tennessee. What has happened over the past 30 days has been an unfolding of miracles and God’s grace. It has involved people from many places. People I know and love. Strangers I have never met. People taking care of tax deadlines and committee meetings. People who are in warehouses with Bibles and people who are being “nudged” into prayer. I woke up this morning literally feeling the strength of the prayers of the church. It is humbling and it is encouraging.
We are in the middle of the season of Lent. I don’t take this lightly. The return from the most recent mission was March 5th and on March 9th we gathered in the sanctuary for Ash Wednesday services. Along with many others in the church we set a focus for our personal journeys as we remember the the path Christ walked on his way to the cross and to resurrection. I set mine too. The words that came to me as I was at the altar were surprising to me and even a bit curious: “all things and everything”. I am learning each day what those words meant. My scheduled return is the beginning of Holy Week. I will reunited with the church at Maundy Thursday services. Let it be.