Going Away Bash

June 29, 2008 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

If you click on the thumbnails, you can see the answer to my prayer…a huge water fight!

This week has been very full…lots of fun, family, and friends.  But, looking forward to the weekend when it’s Larry Pop’s last weekend before he goes back to Ir*q is nothing but hard.  Hard because he will be missed.  Hard because mom will have a tough time.  Hard because Mom talks of leaving, too.  Hard because…well, it’s the best solution in a world where things aren’t perfect.

But, yesterday after some “Lord, help me.” prayers that were still not resulting in much energy for the task, I called a friend who I knew was probably home and said, “Please pray for me today.  I don’t have the spirit I need for today.  I want us to have fun.”

We did.  It was a blast, thanks to one of my least favorite contraptions in the world–the water gun, and more specifically, the super-soaker.  I warned everyone we had a young one armed and dangerous and ready to try out his new birthday gift.

They came ready to play and it make it such a blast.

And then…today, the last Sunday.  It all reminds me how out of control I am.  I don’t have all the answers.  I wish I could say I left at perfect peace, but it’s hard to watch your family go through hard things.  It’s just hard.  No matter of handing it over to the Lord makes it any less hard when you know what is coming.  You just brace yourself…it’s all we can do.  You trust.  And you brace.

We had a very special service toniight where, gosh, I can’t remember how many were baptized after camp this week.

Then, we had a special Lord’s Supper service and were served by one bowl of bread and a cup where we all went forward and were served by the church staff, dipping the bread in the juice.  It was wonderful to see less formality, the staff greeting each with a smile, stooping to serve the youngest among us, going to serve AV and others.

Those still dripping from the baptismal waters were the most fun to see, not quite certain, perhaps a little afraid to try it’s taste until they returned to their seats.

Three of the children have been in my class this year or last, and though it’s not anything I did…it gives an unmatched sense of pride in them for the decisions they are making.  So much work to do to get them prepared for life as a disciple!  God has been so good.

And yet, I am so cranky.  I am short tempered with my whole family today.  I know what is coming.

I know how hard it is under all the fun.

It’s hard to see Mom clear her schedule, living life to the fullest for two weeks only to know there will be months of disconnectedness, and not knowing for sure what God’s best is, but trying to be available and trust.

I pray for purpose, preparation, presence, and protection–for my family, our body, where we work and serve…for it is there waiting for us.

We need your prayers the next two weeks…again.  Until the Lord redirects…we continue on.

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  • 1. ~E  |  June 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    My prayers are fervent for you and your family during this time of difficult circumstances and unwelcome changes. One of my favorite Scripture verses, that was made real to me when I was a youth at camp many years ago and I feel is relevant to your situation, is from Hebrews (I think it is 13:8 — my tired brain is not working right now) says, “Jesus Christ is the same…yesterday, today and forever.” I could go on and on with my words, but I would rather you just reflect on those above and rest in Him. Good night, my friend.

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