I’ve missed you! But I also enjoyed the quietness of the last week. In part, that is the gift of Sabbath, isn’t it? God uses it to refresh and connect us to him AND anticipates parts of life that may have lost some luster in its familiarity.
Tuesday, as you know, is book club day. Guess what I got to do last Tuesday?! Meet Michele in person!!
We spent several hours talking, talking, talking. It was glorious. The only downside is it was too short and it made me wish we could all be in person.
1. We might be doing this book club on line where we don’t get to “actually” meet each other, but finally getting to meet one of us in person debunked this misconception. We are actually meeting each other. Michele and I could easily talk because we already had here, throughout the comments. We know each other more than we give ourselves credit. Was it a treat to be in person? Yes! Do I hope we get to see each other again? Yes! (One of my secret hopes is to do a world trip some day and visit as many of you as possible! Oh for funding :)). But even if we never see each other in person again, the connections formed here, are real.
2. It was refreshing to hear more about each other’s lives. Understandably, certain parts of our work and lives is not appropriate to share here. Adding a bit more flesh to the structure of what we have learned about each other was fun.
3. Michele is as delightful as you imagine! Do you see that smile? She is kind, funny, engaging and fed me lunch. Her husband even stuck around to meet me :).
4. We didn’t talk about books too much, but when we did it got me wondering if we would like to maybe try and find a time quarterly for anyone who can to be part of a conference call of sorts and actually talk about the books. Thoughts?
So, that’s a little bit about what I did during Sabbath. Did you take a picture of yourself reading? We’d love to see it! You can add a photo to your comment below. I did my best to time it so that it looks like I am super holy. HA! No, I did my best to try and show you some of the trees behind me, but spacial relations are not my strong point and taking selfies is a hilarious exercise in showing how completely disoriented I can get when it comes to the physical space I’m in.
One small note of disappointment before we get to today’s section (chapters 11-21) in A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by
As you read, were you struck by the sensation that though much has changed in the world, it hasn’t really changed all that much?!
These are just a few of the notes I made:
- page 165 reminded me of VA retreat—”‘Four days with God’ was what we had given out, but it was soon evident that He meant more than that and the whole thing was just Him and seeing His plans unfold.”
- Breaking Ramadan and the implications—it might not be Ramadan in your context, but we’ve all faced some part of culture that new believers have had to navigate.
- Roles of dreams in the culture (and therefore the work)
- Lilias spent time with her ill sister Margaret
- Equipped girls so they were not stuck in young marriage
- The heartache for those you minister to who turn away
- The influence of world events on life and the work
- Opening windows when doors close
- Drugs were more prevalent than I realized
- The importance of contextualizing—tracks with local phrasing and illustration in local garb
- The amount of transition with workers coming and going
- The need (and difficulty) for organization to change and restructure or become obsolete
- We don’t hear much about the other people Lilias ministered with, and I understand since this is about Lilias, but I’d like to know more about them
- The ways newsletters and circulations within organizations evolved with technology
- The heartache when a teammate dies
We are getting to Lilias’ latter years and I’m curious to learn from her at that stage of life. There were so many significant quotes, I couldn’t choose and went with this list for this post :). So, in the comments, share a photo of you reading (you can block your face it you want!) and let’s talk about this section. See you in the comments . . .
P.S. We finish A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by
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