Saturday, March 08, 2008

calvary chapel of the coastlands--part 4

After the first session, I came back to my room and found this picture waiting for me in my inbox. My cousin, Tracy Willms, had sent it to me--a memento from my visit last September.

That reunion was 26 years in the making. Though much time had passed and we'd walked very different paths, when he called me out of the blue one morning last April, we talked for three hours and caught up on key moments we'd both missed. By the time we said good-bye, I'd almost forgotten the years we'd lost.

Then in September, I went to southern California for a pastors' wives conference and to do a bit of writing-related work, and I finally got my face-to-face reunion with this favorite cousin. Sitting at his house, talking and laughing with him, I'd watch his face and sometimes catch glimpses of the boy he once was, back when life's challenges were small. I remembered afternoon barbecues, and running at dusk in our uncle's backyard. I remembered one surreal winter night when, without any discussion or planning, we both snuck out of our homes (just blocks away) at midnight and spent an hour playing in the snow together. I remembered the last night I saw him, just before he left to join the navy, and how the boy changed into a man right before my eyes. And I was glad for those memories, but glad too that we had time now to make new ones.

Sitting in my condo in Corpus Christi, with this picture on my laptop screen, I thought of how good God is. I thought of His words in Joel 2:25, when He promised to "restore the years that the locusts have eaten." And then my thoughts turned again to Hannah.

Chase away the locusts, God. They've consumed enough. Bring the reunion Hannah longs for. Let the next picture be of that moment when she's engulfed in the arms of Larry and Isaac, Isabelle, Ali, Sebastian and baby Emma. And when she's holding the ones she misses most, let the memory of their absence fall away. Restore what she's lost, Lord.

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3 Comment:

At 3/08/2008 12:42 PM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

What a sweet post. :) I love the picture of you and your cousin. You're absolutely beaming.

Yes, Lord, please restore Hannah to her family and let their time apart fade away.

At 3/10/2008 4:03 PM, Blogger Jo had this to say ...

I just had a "reunion" with my mother's side of the family, and I had never dreamed of such a thing happening. The Lord truly restored what the locusts had eaten, and I'm delighted to hear He is doing the same for you!

At 3/12/2008 9:25 AM, Anonymous Pam D. had this to say ...

Just wanted to let you know I added your prayer from above to the world prayer site (just had to delete a few words to meet the word limit there). So many are praying for those locusts to be vanquished!


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