I'm not entirely convinced that Seth and I know what we're getting ourselves into. I know that we are as prepared as we can be physically. I know that I have just a few items left on my list of things to buy. I know that thousands of other people have made this very same trip we are making.
Here is what I don't know...
I don't have any idea what it's going to smell like. I don't have any idea what it is going to sound like. I don't have the slightest clue how we will be changed. I think we will be. I think it will be good. There's just so much I don't know, and I am a planner so that's a hard pill to swallow.
I ask for your prayers this week for a few things specifically...
For the health of our team and their families. My friend Sarah has three sick little ones and Magigail woke up with a bit of a cold this morning. We all so want to be able to board the plane knowing, as much as possible, that sickness is not something our children are going to have to deal with without mom and dad home to comfort them.
That I am able to walk out of my house and leave my babies for a week without diving headfirst into the ugly cry. We will all benefit from me keeping it together!
That our flights are on time and we are able to meet up with the rest of our group stress free.
For safe travel for Seth's brother who will be coming in from St. Louis to lead Sunday's service, and for his dad (and mom) who will be coming to lead our Ash Wednesday service.
For strength and compassion and love to abound as we visit the Children's Hospital and the Home for the Dying. This may be one of my greatest challenges. Another thing I don't know.
This I do know though. I know that where we are going, God is already there.
I know this too, though these are some pretty big requests,
The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 15:16