Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January

It happened many years ago...
We had moved to northern Indiana, not far from Lake Michigan. It was the early '90's, in the dead of winter, sometime after the brown Christmas tree had been thrown out and New Year's resolutions broken.
Thirty days straight of NO sunshine. Thirty days straight of clouds, snow and dreariness. It was then I decided January was my least favorite month.
To this day I want to hibernate like the bears when the calendar turns to January. And especially this week.
Admist tears, hugs and solemn faces we said good-bye, again, to Justin. His leave is over, he's heading back to the Middle East this morning.
We would appreciate your prayers this week, not only for his parents and siblings, but for him, he was not ready to go back.
Yes, Paul in Philippians tells us to rejoice in the Lord always, still doing that, it wasn't like I didn't know this day was coming.
Just sad that we had to say good-bye again, and waiting for the sun to peak out of the clouds.

7 comments:

Ellen Coulter said...

Praying for you!

Gigi said...

No goodbye is ever easy. You are all in my prayers.

Kirsten Phillips said...

Praying for Justin and for your family

Jody said...

Thank you!!!

Edie said...

Praying for you all now.

Elaine W. Miller said...

Oh Dearest Jody, You have been on my heart all week. And now I read this blog and know why. I thought the time of your joyful reunion with your Justin would be coming to a close--at least for now. He's reached the half-way point, so that is a praise. He's gone but headed back home to you. Praying for you and counting the days with you. May our Lord Jesus protect him for all evil and grow Justin into the man He wants Justin to be. Wrap Your arms around Justin and Jody I pray, dear Jesus. Amen

Jody said...

Thank you to all of you who are praying whether you've commented or not. God is extending grace and love into our hearts as He always does.