Friday, April 12, 2013
Remember those notes you all wrote us during our goodbye party? Well, Mark and I have been so, so very grateful for the laughs, memories, encouragement, and wisdom on those cards. Thanks! They continue to bless us.
Two of you, two in particular over-achievers, wrote us an entire little book of awesome tidbits. It has meant a lot to me, and I thought you should know, one quote in particular completely resurrected my spirit of serving here.
It had been a hard few months. We had not seen much, or any, fruit of our labor. I wondered if I had this in me, if I could keep my two year commitment. It was just....hard, different, unsatisfying.
And I stumbled upon this,
"A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to you." Henri Nouwen
Thanks, friends. It was the reminder, the truth, that I needed. I (still) don't always know why we are here, but I do know that there is a reason, and we have much to learn from this challenging and growing and unique opportunity.