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’.