Beautiful, messy dance.

We have arrived back in Soddo…put our feet in this red dirt…smelled the fresh rain in the air…received lots of doggie kisses. We’ve stepped back into our ‘cement castle’ and Dave stepped back into work, medicine, praying, and realities that are almost too much for a man…

Yesterday Dave walked to work with anticipation and joy…not looking forward to seeing poverty, sickness, and death…and he saw it all on his first day. There are no “well baby” checks here in Southern Ethiopia…there are miracles, though. There is humility of spirit, gratitude for a doctor that prays and gives… there is a deeper awareness that Life is a GIFT. A little baby boy, only 6 months old, came from a region far North yesterday, with burns over 30% of his body…he went to be with Jesus. Our life here is this beautiful, messy dance between living a precious, simple life in a gorgeous place on this earth…being privileged, having enough food and clothing, having a home, shoes and furniture…and then working and serving people who were born into nothing.

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?

James 2:5

My kids woke up this morning—up with the pink sky and the sun rising…walking two happy pups. Evie woke up singing in her bed… “I love this world, I love this world…I love the green, I love the sky, the light…HE is here, HE is here.” Oh, Thank you Father, that YOU ARE HERE. We can live FULLY…experience your grace and love in so many ways. There is a depth to living so close to death and eternity each day—it keeps us before you, humble, grateful, and obedient. May YOU be glorified today in all of this.

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