This is my fifth visit here since 2009. Each time I am struck by the peace that I experience. I contemplate that peace often, both here and back in the states. Internally I feel closer to God, at peace with whatever circumstances come, and generally grateful each and every day. After one of the earlier trips, a wise friend and mentor, whom I deeply respect, asked me: "why doesn't that stay with you, when you come back?" I've pondered and pondered that question, and have yet to uncover the fullness of an answer. I know that the closeness to Him is the major piece. I also suspect that clearly understanding my purpose is to serve here helps reinforce what He is trying to do with this raw glob of clay that I call my life. Pray for continued pliability, Jo.
The two classes ended yesterday. As the students voiced their appreciation of our time and of what they learned, inside I knew that their gracious words reflected my own truth of how grateful I am for what they taught me. Each time, I learn as I teach. I am profoundly enriched by the amazing perspective of each individual -- of how they sincerely and openly grapple with concepts that are new to them on so many levels.
What a gift it is to be allowed to borrow the eyes of another, even for just a fleeting moment.
This week we celebrate the Ruby/Silver Anniversary of PIU and upcoming PIU days.....this too will bless, I am certain of it.