I will come back to write the final thoughts I had after the crisis we went through (don't go away yet, it was just getting to the good part!) but it won't be for awhile. We are pausing right now....
We're busy. Our thoughts are elsewhere. We watch and we pray. Friends are going through a difficult time right now, and all we can do is watch and pray, so we want to do that well.
Someone used to tell me that in every difficulty is an opportunity. There is opportunity in this difficulty, possibly great opportunity, but it is coming at a great cost, too. My heart is heavy and I watch from afar and pray.
Funny that no matter how close you are to someone going through something, you are far away. The line between suffering it and standing beside one suffering is always a vast space. I think of Jesus praying in the garden in a time of great suffering, and His disciples not too far away fell asleep - tired of watching. The distance between being in and being nearby.
So we are watching and praying with heavy hearts for great opportunity to come out of a situation with great cost. Will you pray with us for our country "over there"?