Some New Year pondering...
we did not inherit
from our ancestors.
We are borrowing it
from future generations.
So commercial Christmas has come and gone with all its fuss and flurry, tinsel and trappings. And before the New Year rolls in, perhaps we can take a moment for a deep, deep, refreshing breath. And for some deep pondering. Pondering at the wonder of God stepping into our fussy, flurried world. Pondering what that might mean for our life in this gorgeous and pained planet... Perhaps, as we set new goals and dream new dreams for 2016, we might choose to quit accumulating debt with our kids and grand kids and commit instead to caring for the world God so loves and to working so that every living being may be at home in it.
Photo: Playa Zancudo, Península de Osa, Costa Rica, December 29, 2015
Between accidents, surgeries, illnesses, and a dissertation-in-the-making, 2015 has been a challenging year for our family. So the last few days of family fun and refreshment have been very welcome ones. Although we miss the 2 who could not make it, we are grateful to have 4 of our 6 kids home for a few days, along with grandkids from El Salvador and other friends.
Jonathan (home from Olympia, WA), Luana (home from New York), Natalia (last one at home!), Anton (home from Houston). Hopefully next time: Maya (in Boston) and Maria Isabel (in Bogotá, Colombia).
Jim and Ruth Padilla DeBorst
A HUGE word of thanks to churches and friends who are faithfully and generously giving! We are still significantly underfunded. So would you please pray and consider if you are able to (further) support our ministry?
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CRWM (for the Padilla DeBorsts) 1700 28th St SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49560