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Graciousness – Gratitude – Generosity

I awoke this morning on the final approach to the Frankfurt (Germany) International Airport.  The overnight flight from the US afforded us with the opportunity of rest, in anticipation of the work that is ahead of us.  Both Jeff and I slept well on the flight.

Now I sit in the Lufthansa lounge overlooking one of the world’s busiest airports.  My mind is racing as I think about the things that are ahead.  While we are certainly praying for a great harvest evangelism project, more importantly, we are trusting God for grace and goodness to go before us in all we do.  Over the past several months, God has given me three words to constantly ponder:  Graciousness — Gratitude — Generosity.  While I did not really know why these three words kept coming to my spirit (and mind), I am now persuaded that it was for “such a time as this.”

I hope you will remember to pray for us during these next several days as we visit with our friend James Sundar in India. This brother is at a great transitional point in life and I trust God will extend to him the grace necessary for the adjustment.  Please pray to this end.

For the past two weeks, our family has been on summer vacation.  Mary and I enjoyed greatly the time with the kids and grandkids at the beach.  My time with the grandchildren was particularly precious.  I watched those dear kids enjoy the simple things of life.  The played along the seashore, jumped in and out of the pool, and watched cartoons with Pop Pop every single day.  I saw the wonder and awe in their expressions as they (without really knowing it) enjoyed the creation and blessings of God.  I often paused and reflected on the innocence of the kids in the midst of a broken and fallen world.  I wish we could all see things through the eyes of the children.

The world still seems to be spinning out of control, but the kids don’t see it.

As I sit here in the airport, business and leisure travelers are getting ready for their next flight to some destination to do something.  I wonder how many of them know the Lord Jesus in a personal way?  How many know that the business of this world is fading away?  How many know that the Lord Jesus is coming again?

Will you join me in praying for the Lord of the Harvest to draw many people to Himself in the coming days?  I rest better knowing that I have you alongside me … asking the Heavenly Father for His grace.  Pray that Jeff and I will exhibit graciousness, gratitude, and generosity in all we do and …

That you will too!

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