Monday, December 29, 2008

The Overseas Send Off

Today. Ah, today. It was a hard day.

Okay, hard doesn't really even do justice to the true emotions of the day. And really, I don't think I have it in me to even try to put it into words. Saying goodbye is never easy.

I had the honor of riding to the airport to see my sister, Jessica, and her family off to Macedonia today. They go to spread the message of true Joy - Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection.

And that's what I have to remain focused on, because that's the only reason that justifies this pain in my book. I wanted to be strong for her and ended up being much more weepy than I anticipated. There were so many things I wanted to say and...just couldn't.

Couldn't get past the lump in my throat. Couldn't form the words that were pressing on my heart.

I am so thankful that God allowed us to have Christmas together. Thankful that we were able to have our kids bond more before they left. Thankful that I could have those last minutes with her during the car ride the airport. Thankful that they love the Lord enough to be obedient to His calling despite the pain of leaving their families and all that they know.

I would appreciate your prayers for them. For safe travel and protection. That they would have an easy transition and acclimation to their new home and country. That they would find favor. That their family would be knit closer together. That the Light would shine forth!

To God be the glory.



Linda said...

I will be praying for Jessica and her family - I know you shed those tears because you will miss her - but could some of them be because you wish you were going too. ILY! Linda (I didn't do Christmas cards either - I will see you soon I hope)

pyrotechny said...

OHHH Wish I could give you a hug today! Miss U!