I’ll admit it has been awhile since I’ve posted.
Probably because every time I sit down to write, I’m completely overwhelmed with all the things I could write about. Making the transition from working in South Africa to Kyle being the Regional Administrator in East Africa (meaning moving to Tanzania) has consumed my thoughts and heart.
Here are some of the topics I’ve considered writing about:
-the constant encouragement from friends and family as we make this transition
-the incredible number of prayer requests on my heart
-delights of the heart as we head into the celebration of Christmas
-future fears that need to be turned over to God
Let me touch on just the first point. It is one that brings such incredible joy.
First a question for you-
Did you ever stop to wonder why God included the personal greetings at the end of some of the New Testament books? Have you ever been tempted to skip over them? I mean, we don’t know them personally anyways? :)
Here are a few:
I Cor 16:19-20
“The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brothers send you greetings.”
“Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.”
3 John 1:15
“Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, every one of them.”
2 Cor 13:12
“Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.”
I’ll let you look up these next two for yourself. They are longer personal greetings.
2 Timothy 4:19
But, I’m glad God included them. It reminds us of how intentional and relational God has meant us to be. As relational beings, we can provide great comfort and encouragement to each other as we interact, listen, laugh . . . greet with a holy kiss . . . .
I’m sure the New Testament church loved getting to the end of the letters and hearing the personal greetings, being reminded how much they were cared for and missed.
This has rung so true for me over the last couple months. Greetings, encouragements and reminders that we are being prayed for have poured in since announcing our move to Tanzania. I have felt wrapped in love and “lifted up” even when I have wanted to doubt. God has used so many of you to touch my heart and point me to Him.
But let me leave you with a request.
There are so many missionaries on the field this Christmas season who are missing family and friends horribly and working hard to find their joy in the Lord. If you know somebody in that situation, please drop them a note, pray for them, send through your “holy kisses” :)