Lifting her voice in glorious praise, my good friend Tracy carried me straight to the Father on the first day of the week. The Lord’s Day. Sunday. As the choir echoed her song, my own heart began a journey of choosing praise. Choosing gratitude. Beginning a week of thoughtfulness.
Our ministry with missionaries takes the form of presence, offering our presence and shelter as they go through life and their own ministries. Offering God to them. It is a remarkable place for us. With Tracy’s song I was given pause to choose praise for all of this and so much more.
And, the week began.
Monday: A Zoom call with our Member Care Team spread around the world. Thank you, Lord. For godly team members. Praise!
Tuesday: A birthday coffee, celebrating with long-time friends. Thank you, Lord. For friends of the thick and thin. Praise!
Wednesday: Another coffee. This time with a Missionary Kid. Thank you, Lord. For the joy of young life. Praise!
Thursday: A Skype call with a ministry couple. Thank you, Lord. For the gift of technology. Praise!
Friday: A weekend seminar. Thank you, Lord. For partners in life’s journey. Partners willing to train. To teach. To share.
Saturday: A dinner. With another remarkable Missionary Kid. Thank you, Lord. For good conversation. Praise!
And. In between the appointments, the coffees, the dinners, the meetings was the stuff of life. Teaching preparations. E-mails. A daughter’s birthday. Text messages. Difficulties. Concerns. Ministry. Life.
I choose praise!