It's been a busy few days. Tomorrow morning, Jim & I leave for India where we'll be volunteering with Acts of Mercy in Mahabalipuram until July 22nd. We're very excited to be returning to the work we love with the people we love but I just gotta tell ya, the hardest part of the trip each year is the few days prior to departure. This is my 5th year to go (and Jim's 4th) so by now, deciding what to bring is easy. For me, a few saris and fill the rest of my suitcase with bug spray, medicines, antibacterial wipes, and tons of small tissue packets that serve as toilet paper in rural India. For Jim, it's even easier - a few shirts & slacks and the rest of his suitcase filled with all the other things I can't get into mine. But as I said, packing is the easy part. Being gone for a month, there are last minute personal business issues to think about and this year, something new & poignant - saying goodbye to an old friend.
Biscuit, my 13 year old beagle, is quite literally, "on his last leg", as he painfully reminded me this morning as he struggled to get into the car for what will probably be his last ride to my son's house, where he will stay while I'm in India. His health has been
So amid the busyness of packing this morning, I took a few minutes for a few last hugs and kisses for my old friend. The look of love in his eyes was mirrored in mine as we said goodbye for what may be the last time.
We never know about our remaining time on earth, do we? And I love that apparently God doesn't want us to know. But we do know how God wants us to live it - in purposeful relationship with his children.
So today I'm busy. I'm busy praying God will provide us many opportunities to love his children in India. And today I'm busy praising - praising God for his goodness and mercy in all things. And today I've been busy petting - petting my beloved Biscuit as I remember the great joy he has brought to our family all these years. Oh yes, I'm busy. I'm busy packing too. Still packing ....