Thank you to Kathryn, who posted the pictures of Santa with Qavah on Tuesday. I have been blessed with an early Christmas. I am in the sunshine state of Florida. Paul Burton took over Qavah's injections, Kathryn went to the hospital for the transfusion with Qavah, and Paul has been taking the girls to their appointments.
Aunt Lil and Uncle Tony invited me for a week of rest in Florida and that is what I have had. I have read two books, both written by missionaries returning from the countries of Vietnam and Rwanda. They were powerful stories of faith. Aunt Lil and I stopped our day yesterday for several times of prayer. We also went to Uncle Tony's Greek class last night and he finished up a thirteen-week study on the book of Hebrews. I have never been to one of his classes but found it to be very informative and enjoyable. I took notes.
We will be having a tea for some of Aunt Lil's friends this afternoon and will be visiting the pier tonight to see the Christmas lights. Lord willing, I will be home in time tomorrow to take Kathryn to the hospital for her Remicade treatment. I am looking forward to that since she has prepared little gifts for the people at the hospital who have taken good care of her, and I know her spirit will be filled with joy; a side-effect of giving!
At times like this, I wish I had a greater vocabulary in which to express my gratitude. I have needed this rest, but I have also had a work to do that I believe was God's purpose in bringing me here. On Monday night I was able to speak to a Bible Study class here in Florida, to encourage the believers here. It was an uplifting time together and many of the group encouraged me and shared their salvation stories with me afterwards. I have seen God's hand in giving me this rest, His providence in giving me something to do for Him while here, and His blessing in that I am ready to go home tomorrow refreshed in body, mind, and spirit.