Enjoy these thoughts, memories and reflections.
by Leoma Gilley
John 15: 9 Remain intimately at home in my love. (The Message)
Visitors are met at the door.
Residents just come and go.
Visitors may be invited in.
Residents know they belong.
Visitors are told where they can go.
Residents enjoy the run of the house.
Into the Unknown
Where is your HOPE?
In reflecting on these words, I decided to put the emphasis in different places. Here's what I discovered.
I will put my home in God. This is a choice that I have to make. No one can do it for me.
I WILL put my home in God. This is a decision that I must actively pursue. It won't just happen.
I will PUT my hope in God I will turn loose of my fears and worries, and give them to the One who loves me best.
Not How I Planned It
A New Series Is On The Way
Ramadan begins on April 2, 2022
Reflection for Psalm 31:21
Praise the LORD, for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love. (Psalm 31:21 NLT)
When I was young, I knew about your love.
As I faced various disasters and challenges, I felt your love.
As I moved into new and varied cultures, made mistakes, burned out, I learned of your unfailing love.
As I wait on you, listen for your voice, hear you call my name, I begin to behold the wonder of your unfailing love.
A task unfinished
I have a task and there’s a deadline
Don’t know what the deadline is—
Just that there is one.
Happy Birthday, Mom
On this 24th day of December 2021, my precious mother, Frances Mable Christabel Tripp Gilley, would be 103. She left us 10 years ago, and it is hard to believe that much time has passed. I still miss her.
I have a Lover who waits for me;
Offers me love and blessings for free.
He promised any good gift, you see
If I accepted his ransom for me.
Tis the Season
It is also the season for craft fairs, that present us with a great opportunity to BUY LOCAL. Recently I've attended several of these shows, as a vendor. I sell my books, and it is fascinating to watch how people respond to a table filled with physical books. They either look the other way and keep at a safe distance or light up and rush over to look.
I grew up among water and trees
but recently learned forest bathing frees
us from stress, relieves depression, gives rest.
"Come sit with Me at water's edge."
"Maybe later" I always pledge.
But how can I stop? So much to do.
When is there time to follow through?
Living in Lockdown in Uganda
As we watch the horror, chaos and trauma that is today's Afghanistan, our hearts go out to the many who want to leave but can't. We feel for those who have left, but are still in an in between (liminal) space, having left, but not yet having arrived. My book Praying for BIG Things has a whole section on praying for refugees, miggrants and others in stressful situations. Here is a prayer against discouragement.
Life is like a box of chocolates...
I admit it; I was too confident. I’m fully vaccinated. I tested negative when I got on the plane. Then I got to Uganda and was in contact with two COVID-19 positive people. Sometimes I had failed to wear my mask, after all, I’m vaccinated. Right? Wrong.
For the past few days, I felt achy and lethargic. I dragged myself to class, returning to my room to collapse on my bed. My allergies started kicking in, so I started treating them. Then I got the “runs”, which I still have. I think that may be giardia (my not so favorite friend and frequent companion in Africa). Today the tiredness was just beyond what I could stand, and just walking around made breathing difficult. I felt like I had a low-grade fever, so asked Margaret to give me a COVID test. Yes, I’m positive. I’m the 3rd teacher on the course to fall to this.
When we chose dates for the iDELTA course six months ago, we had no idea that the evening after the majority of students and staff arrived, the country would go into lockdown! Wow! Talk about timing!
A second wave of COVID-19 has hit Uganda. Each of our staff and students have been tested (sometimes several times) and found to be negative. The conference center staff are staying on the center, and so not exposed to outside factors. There are quite a few protocols in place like wearing masks, socially distancing, washing hands, using sanitizer. We even provided face shields for students who wanted to be even more secure. We have spread the students out as much as possible in the classrooms, so we feel we are being reasonably safe. Our tea breaks and devotional times are held out of doors in a very beautiful setting. The weather is very pleasant, feels like a lovely spring day.
Friends don't give friends COVID-19, do they?
As you can imagine, preparing for a course with students coming from eight countries and staff from several more countries, there is a LOT to do. We went into the office on Tuesday and met the staff working there. We enjoyed a nice meal at what is currently my favorite Entebbe restaurant called Muti. They have wonderful juices as well as delicious food! It is a bit pricey, but at least I know what I’m getting.
Richard caught me up on the plans that have been put in place and we also prepared for the teacher briefing to be on Thursday and Friday. Tuesday was a short day, and I was ready to go home and lie down on my bed. It definitely needed to be an early night.
Going to Uganda in a Pandemic
Prayer, What I Used to Think
I used to think prayer was talking;
Now I know it is more listening.
I used to think prayer was asking;
Now I know it is more receiving.