Letter from Robert
August 2, 2019
I have just returned from a most amazing trip to Kenya with 9 other DCPC members. It was a wonderful experience. I look forward to sharing more of the trip with you in the near future – stories about the Sigona church and the children at the Academy; stories about meetings with engineering firms that helped us get closer to a new borehole well; stories about the gifts brought by our members and the hospitality of our hosts. It was beautiful and exhausting all at the same time. I have not quite settled back into the Eastern Daylight Time Zone.
Being 7-hours apart made it a challenge to be in touch with loved ones back home. There were not many times in the day when it was convenient to talk but we made time despite the inconvenience. That is what you do when you love someone. Staying up late or getting up early is a small price to pay to be able to hear the voice of your spouse or your child. Many of you who travel far more regularly than I do know how much you have to work at it to stay in touch. And then you get to travel across all those time zones to return home to your loved ones!
The gospel story reminds us of the ultimate travel across time and space. Our God came to us in Jesus Christ with the love and grace that provides our eternal and abundant life. No time difference and no mileage can keep us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8). Can’t you relate? Could anything keep you from getting to the ones you love? Perhaps that is how God feels when we seem far away. James 4:8 reminds us to draw near to God and promises that God will draw near to us. Taking God’s lead, let us draw near to one another in love and share in this crossing of time zones, barriers, and empty spaces to strengthen our relationships with those we love.
To God be the Glory!