But if we are living in the light of God's presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. 1 John 1:7 (NLT)
A blessedly good flight brought me safe to the Collins family welcome -- a laughing chorus of "Miss Jo, Miss Jo" I was immediately engulfed in hugs! Lisa, the children -- Zach (12), Eli (10) and Miri (8) and I caught up, and I finally met Joe who had been serving in Texas when I was here last. We were all surprised at how exited the little dog Spike was...apparently he didn't forget me in two years.. ..and yes that helps with the "missing-my-Chihuahua-Meshach" factor.
Lisa's grand plan to help me avoid jet lag was to keep me busy so I wouldn't sleep!! On Saturday we all drove around and did some errands. Then off to a concert -- Dave and Joyce Owen (President of PIU and wife) were singing Handel's Messiah with the Contate.. . and I only slept just a little bit. ;-)
Sunday, I again felt a warm family welcome back at the Lutheran Church of Guam. After Church we went on to Gab-Gab for some swimming and snorkeling. Sunday night we snuggled on the couch to watch movies.
Today I spent the morning getting to know Joe a bit more. Then, Lisa and I headed to campus to attend a faculty meeting. I got settled in the counseling office then enjoyed an opening semester BBQ. Although many of the students I knew have graduated, the ones remaining gifted me with wide smiles and big hellos -- as did familiar staff and faculty! Finally, Miri and I drove home while Lisa headed off to a class and Joe took the boys to scouts. I am arrived! I am humbled.
How incredible is His family! Can there ever be enough reminders of how profound the privilege of fellowship actually is? This body, this bride, this is to be cherished. To be an active member of this fellowship anywhere is all about glorifying Him. We are blessed with treasured family and friends. What sweet balm is the giggling voice of a 8 year old laughing with me as I fumble in the dark trying to get the "car" to actually go...."Miss Jo, we're having an adventure!" As this year's work begins to unfold....counseling, training, whatever is required. . .I pray that I can consistently see the blessing and wonder of fellowship with the open eyes of a grateful heart!