|John, Kay, Zack, and Jeremy|
Saturday, January 19, 2013
...for the sake of the Kingdom of God....
We are now empty-nesters, though it hasn't happened in the usual way. We, the parents, have left both of our adult sons on the other side of the Atlantic. Both have opted to stay and make their own way in the US, with our blessing, and we have come back to Swaziland with their blessing. Today is Day One and we are wandering around in a painful fog, trusting that the Lord will help us adjust to this new normal. We were once given this comment, "I love my family too much to be a missionary in Africa." Others have been less blunt but we often get that same sentiment. To set the record straight, we LOVE our sons, our parents, and all our other family we tearfully leave behind each time we go back to visit. The pain, as a dear friend who understands affirmed, never lessens. We simply LOVE our Lord more, and wish to be obedient to His call, no matter the cost, and we are doing our best to do that. Luke 18:29-30 tells us "...Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life." Not everyone is called to Africa, but for those of us who been mercifully saved by a sacrificial savior named Jesus Christ, we are all called to take up our cross and follow Him. Joy everlasting.