Monday, January 07, 2008
On glory and grief
We are in Austria, at the foot of snow-laden mist-shrouded mountains, nestled in a castle whose dark past of witch-burning and Nazi-occupation has been transformed into a Christian retreat center with clean beds and fire-places. But best of all we are enveloped in the love of our World Harvest Mission family, the people who have been praying without ceasing and supporting us through the crisis of the last month. Pastor Scotty Smith from Nashville is leading us in daily teaching from the book of Revelation, the encouragement to Christians who are suffering to show that God is still in control and bringing all things to newness of life. Very timely. And we are also studying a book about team dynamics to build our leadership wisdom. And praying together, weeping, hearing stories and offering solace from shared struggles. The kids are fascinated by the twisting stair cases and secret turrets, the icy sledding hill and fun input from the Spain team. All in all just what we needed at this point, strong Austrian order and peace, strong WHM friendship and prayer, and family togetherness. We are so grateful to be here.