God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Spring in Germany - the sites are popping!
Easter is my favorite celebration!!!!!!
I've lived the last few years without my children on Thanksgiving, and on Christmas. Divorce is a dreadfully hard place to live for children - children want to be with both parents on the holidays. As my children entered more and more into adulthood, it became really hard for them to make that choice (With dad or with mom this year? Why do we have to choose?) So, I took the stress out of the mix. I sent them to their Father's.
But, Easter? Easter has always been a holiday that we have celebrated together.
Until I moved to Germany.
This is only my second year to live without them on Easter. God knew that it would be ever so hard for me - so He allowed my eldest son to marry in May. I go back to the USA in May, see my kids, touch base with as many people as possible, and come back to Germany in one month.
I am thankful to be able to see my children close to Easter this year.
Last year, in a serendipity God Gift, I spent Easter service with my kids. Three of the four of them were there together. I listened to them sing praise songs, I heard their voices lifting to the sky - praising our Lord. I was blessed with beautiful English music. You might ask...MM - what are you smokin'? Read on:
Going through my first Easter service in the church here in my home town, I was down. It was packed and cold! Easter being one of the three most attended Sundays in the state church here in Germany, it was such a different group of people that I didn't even recognize the church body. One of the reasons, there were people sitting in the pews!!!!
Seven hours after leaving that service I called my firefighting son. I knew the others would be in church and thought maybe, just maybe he would be working and I could talk to him. But, no... he was in church!!!! Instead of hanging up, however, he took his phone and put it on speaker phone. I heard English praise music and froze with the phone to my ear. After the first song, my son whispered, "Happy Easter, Mom."
I listened to the praise music, I listened to the sermon. He left it on for the entire sermon. I listened and I cried!!!! I was so blessed to have had time with my children. Time with my children across the vast ocean on Easter Sunday!
And this year, spring has come and I am sitting in my flat anticipating my favorite Sunday of the year.
This year, I look forward to the service - I will understand some of the words, I will understand all of the praise music, I will go to the church that I love and I will meet with several people that I have become friendly with. I will come home by myself, or I will go to the Schwarzwald und wander, or I will come home and be silent and write. But I will not grieve as I grieved last year. Spring is a new beginning and this year He has blessed me with many new beginnings. I am a blessed woman.
By the way, my children have kept this tradition up. Sometimes they are just overwhelmed with the praise music in their churches - so they will just call and let me listen to it.
And my birthday was on a Sunday this year, my daughter called me and wished me a happy birthday - and then the entire congregation sang happy birthday to me!!! She held up the phone and the words seeped across the waves and into my ears - and I cried and cried at my daughter's kindness.
My children are always amazing me. Yes, the redemptive resurrected Jesus lives in us.
We are a family of renewal!
May God renew you and yours this blessed year.
your mutating missionary
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