‘Finals’ Week

I leave tomorrow for Canada – actually, I leave today, as it’s after midnight and I can’t sleep! I’m not fearful, just excited about the journey that lies ahead.  While this week has been filled with making lists and checking them twice, it has also been a time of reflection on what (and who) I’ll be leaving behind.

A series of ‘finals’ before the adventure begins…

The final service in my own church; the final Bible study and Mini Church meeting; the final time spent with the grand kids; the final “good night” and cuddle against the morning chill after the alarm goes off; the final morning on the side steps with my ‘prayer partner’ (our yellow lab Layla); the final peanut tossed to Russell Crow; the final sunrise from our roof deck and sunset at the beach with Larry.

I keep reminding myself that I’ll only be gone a couple of weeks, Lord willing – but what will have changed in that time?  Will my little grand daughter be walking? Will our aging Layla no longer be able to walk? Both are real possibilities.

About 2 weeks – and then I’ll go to my FIRST Bible study & Mini Church meeting, get the FIRST hugs from Larry and the kids, and watch the FIRST sunrises & sunsets back at home after my FIRST trip back home.

My new normal – my new ‘cycle of life’.




6 thoughts on “‘Finals’ Week

  1. Praying for you, Laura! And we appreciate your support for us in our ministry with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship as you’ve done for the last 20ish years!

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    • Thank you, Margie – I still need to update the info for Intervarsity. It’s been a crazy couple of months, but I’ll have it done before I start walking on Monday!


  2. Dear Laura,
    I have been thinking of you today, and now that I am reading about the Presence of God on the CBN website, I found this and wanted to share it with you.

    “Psalm 84:2, 5
    2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
    For the courts of the LORD;
    My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
    5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
    Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.

    The psalmist’s longing for God drove him to make the pilgrimage from his perhaps distant home to Zion—the place where God’s manifest presence dwelt. This pilgrimage of many was not like a short car ride to a local revival meeting. In some cases, it was an arduous trek through a wilderness that required persistence and determination to complete. The psalmist’s hunger for God’s presence fueled him with “strength” in the quest to find the presence of God at the end of his destination—always trusting that when he arrived, God would be there.”

    We know He is with you and will be with you every step of the way. I know that with this “pilgrimage” you will be more aware of His presence. Jehovah Shammah, The Lord is there.


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