Last Thursday I stopped in to visit my grandma in order to spend some time with her before my departure for Faith Builders. We had a nice chat, and she was eager to show me her gifts. You see, she celebrated her 90th birthday at the end of July, and we (her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) gave her ninety gifts. Since she is supposed to open only two per day in order to prolong the fun, she is still busy opening presents. We gave her mostly food items and other small useful things, and part of the enjoyment for her is in sharing the gifts.
“Make sure you have a chocolate before you leave,” she told me.
And then, as we looked at the gifts, it was, “Here, try this new kind of cracker.”
“You need to taste these cashew nuts.”
“Have a mint too.”
Wow, I can’t wait until I turn ninety :).
And then I thought to myself, This is exactly how I feel about my first year at Faith Builders—like I’m still opening presents long after the birthday is over. One thing I hoped to do on this blog this summer was to put words to some of the things I learned in my first year at Faith Builders, to try to explain some of why I am here and what this is all about, especially for those of you who have asked. Well, that didn’t happen. So now I’m back here at Faith Builders again, and all I can say is that the privilege of living and learning here is a gift so enormous and so multi-faceted that it will take me years to unwrap all of it.