Yesterday morning I made the 4 hour round trip to Oklahoma City to take Linda to the airport. She is in Salt Lake City where she will spend the next 9 days with the “kids” and grandkids. Traci leaves today, sometime for a MOPs convention in Orlando and Linda will be watching the boys during the day, while Brandon is at work and then sharing duty with him in the evenings. It was really hard to send her off and not get to go along. Though I do not have a job in the sense that I have to be at work everyday, I do have important things to do here that I have not had in the last 2 years. So, I am alone here in Sayre. There are people around that I enjoy and will no doubt keep me occupied but when Linda is not here, which is rare, I am alone.
It is great that Linda is not teaching this year so she can be of help to the kids. It won’t be long until we will need to head back to SLC to watch the boys while Traci and Brandon go to Ethiopia to pick up our grandson, affectionately known as Baby “E”. You can keep up with that story by reading Traci’s blog. There have been some interesting discussions there lately. Find it here.
Just read the new Nouwen devotional and found it a strong read. Hope it blesses you.
Standing Under the Cross
Standing erect, holding our heads high, is the attitude of spiritually mature people in face of the calamities of our world. The facts of everyday life are a rich source for doomsday thinking and feeling. But it is possible for us to resist this temptation and to stand with self-confidence in this world, never losing our spiritual ground, always aware that “sky and earth will pass away” but the words of Jesus will never pass away (see Luke 21:33).
Let us be like Mary, the mother of Jesus, who stood under the cross, trusting in God’s faithfulness notwithstanding the death of his beloved Child.
Spirtual maturity is the goal and learning to live above the loss and the pain of everyday life is indeed a place to measure our growth. Even in the little things like doing life for a time, “alone”.
Jake just woke up, hey, I guess I am not alone.