If you know me, you know that is quite a statement. I am a total introvert and need my alone time. However, I woke up this morning and am feeling very much alone. I miss the companionship of our team of twelve.
Drinking my coffee in the early morning was about the only alone time I had. I used it to get my thoughts together and share a blog post. Today, I didn't have a blog post to write (interesting that I am doing one anyway). By the time coffee and blog post were completed the rest of the team would be up and we would be coming together. First for a morning devotional, then breakfast, followed by loading onto a bus and a very busy day of training and VBS. Once back "home" at the end of the day, it was dinner, and gathering to "debrief" the day, and a bit of fellowship.
Obviously, if I am feeling alone today, we must be home. All were delivered safely to the Sacramento airport to be greeted by family with hugs and smiles. All except Becky that is, who got lost at the airport in Punta Cana, boarding the wrong plane. Fortunately, that plane was headed to where her son lives, so all is good, and even though she isn't home, she is with family also.
I know, I am a bit of a sentimentalist, however, there were twelve of us, and I am reminded of Jesus sending out the twelve disciples in Matthew and the seventy-two in Luke. When they returned, they felt empowered and energized. But each also needed to sort and process through pictures in their heads of people and places they had seen, emotions they had experienced, and emotions they were going to experience as part of their return to "normal" life. They, as well as our group of twelve, saw demons submit to them in Jesus's name. And, what was Jesus's response? "However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:20
Fifty5five's mission is to the children. I am confident that today there are many more children whose names are written in the Book of Life due to the work Jesus has accomplished over the past couple of weeks.
This battle is over. The war continues. Please continue to pray.