A few things to be thankful for this week –
1 – Our friend Michael from the street was confronted with a psycho off-duty police officer this week who threatened him, drew his gun, and then shot at him twice. One of the bullets grazed his leg. Other than that, he’s unhurt. I’m thankful he’s OK, and trying to learn to forgive.
2 – Today I was able to spend over two hours playing with my god-son and his brother and sister – taking pictures on Matt’s digital camera, horsey rides and spinning around and guessing games and being silly. They are so precious to me, and I’m so thankful they’re a part of my life – however, it’s always bittersweet to see them, as I don’t want them to be on the streets, and that’s basically the only time I see them.
3 – Tomorrow we’re having a good ol’ fashioned Thanksgiving dinner – turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and creamed corn and pumpkin pie and biscuits and green bean casserole… And I get to make the mashed potatoes and biscuits. I’ve never made biscuits before, so we’ll see how they turn out. (Actually, I think I’m going to have some help from one or two of the girls, to make sure I don’t screw things up too badly.)
4 – Four weeks from today, I’ll be home in Peru with most of my family, celebrating Christmas. It’s been almost a year and a half since seeing them, and I am so thankful I get the chance to be with them for a while.
5 – A chance to take my guitar down to Lapa yesterday evening and have a mini time of worship on the streets – it’s always the more beautiful for taking place in such a dark place.
6 – Laura Igram (who came on a ST last spring) is here for the week visiting us. She’s always good for a laugh of two. =) And we’re super glad to have her…
7 – A G.K. Chesterton quote that I love and re-read this week that almost gives me chills every time I read it. Talking about courage, Chesterton says “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. “He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,” is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of every day advice for sailors or mountaineers… A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.” (from Orthodoxy – emphasis mine.)
So you see there’s much to be thankful for, even this week. May we seek to lose our lives for His sake, that we might see them saved. May we live lives of furious indifference, placing the right amount of importance on things – neither too much nor too little. May we learn what it means to not cling to our lives and our rights so tightly that we miss out on life itself beckoning us into His open arms.
A friend of mine here often tells me “É dificil viver como vivo.” (It’s difficult to live fully alive). May we learn what it means to “viver como vivo.”