We bought 4 one-way tickets to Africa resulting in raw emotions. This last week we have said good-bye to our home, family, and friends. We have left all that is known. As I am going through emotions of excitement and sorrow, my life is being blessed. The time spent with loved ones has been of the highest quality. I have hugged more people in one week than ever before! Words that are spoken are with a purpose. There have been things said that should have been said long ago. In all, I am convicted of relationships taken for granted producing more raw emotions.
The love that has been expressed to us during this time is humbling. Hugs have been the greeting, the welcomed interrupter, the unspoken feeling, and the seal to the departure. Every last hug is painful. I am flooded with emotions as each hug is as unique as the person giving it. Some of the hugs are long, some are short and sweet, some are tight, some are casual, and some are long. They are all the same in the fact that they are full of memories, love, support, and the hope of a reunion. The most beautiful part of the hug is the mutual agreement that the longer the embrace, the shorter the time of the separation. I wish I could hold on forever! Yet, I know that I must let go. Thankfully, it is only a release in the physical. I rest in the peace that relationships will continue to be cultivated in my heart through prayer and communication. I have never been so glad that technology is available to make it possible to stay in touch. The Lord has answered our prayer for having internet in our home in Africa – the answer was YES!!! We are very thankful.