I said bon voyage last night to a friend and her husband who are headed overseas for long-term ministry. It is a brave and wonderful thing for them and an incredible thing for the Kingdom. But it is not without significant cost for them and their family, in particular.
Of course I will miss them (I am thankful for technology which will allow some connection in the days ahead!) and I did expect to experience some emotion, but I was emotionally moved well more than I expected to be. This morning, I think I can put it into words. She was the tool God used to begin the healing of the deepest wound in my life, and in the past week, all the gratitude generated by that time has welled up again, and it has been overwhelming.
God's grace in my life has been just that, all along the way - overwhelming. I am more thankful than I can express for the myriad of people who have been used to touch facets of my life and demonstrate that grace for the "relational" creature that I am. This morning, I am once again particularly grateful for my friend who today woke up on the other side of the world. Blessings be on you both.