Monday, July 27, 2015
Days Away.......I Praise You for the Pain!
It sounds like a really goofy thing to say, "thank you so much for the hurt, Lord.". If I'm being honest, however, this is exactly how I am feeling. Over the past month we have been participating in missions training in Colorado Springs, CO. It so far surpassed our expectations that I am already putting into practice one of the countless things that we learned there.
Here is what has impacted me in the past week. I hurt for all of the relationships that are going to be put on hold. I hurt for the relationships that may never be the same when and if I come back. I hurt that I will not be able to hug many of my friends and family. I hurt that I can't just get on a plane and fly quickly to see some of you. I grieve the loss of face to face conversations with so many of you. I ache at the thought of not being able to just casually talk with so many of you. It isn't just a few of you and those that I speak with often, its also those of you that I share humor and sadness with periodically. I am certainly grieving the loss of you. It aches because it means that I have been loved well by you and I have loved you well. That is why I want this goodbye to be painful for me because you matter so much to me. You have loved me well and that is a gift from God.
Brother Justin Williams
PS. Here are a few pictures from our time in Colorado Springs, CO including some pictures from a Slovak Russian Church that we attended while we were there. Thank you for allowing us the time to participate in this transitions training, it was the very best training that we have ever participated in!