It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
English novelist (1812 – 1870)
This is still so true almost 200 years later! We read this classic tale and the quote still rings true in this lifetime. 2011 in the world of My Beloved and me was filled to the brim with GOOD things. We feel contrarian to Dickens personally, but from a worldview, certainly – it is still consistent.
For us – in our little corner of the world – it has been a wonderful year. A year of drastic CHANGE – just the way ‘Changed Woman’ likes it! Family surprises all the way around, back to being empty nesters and church life growing, has all been very, very good.
You know you’re at ‘that point’ in becoming Nana and Papa when the basement no longer harbours humans, but a very large flatscreen TV, fireplace and soon to be purchased cozy furniture. This is our world now. We feel so satisfied with our accomplishments in our family. We are proud of our kids, their mates and our precious number one grandson – who will be joined in the late spring with a joyous addition!
We’ve been counting our blessings – but it’s difficult to keep up. There are so many. God has been abundantly good to us. We have been serving the Lord in the same spot since 1987. Our family is now serving with us in their various roles, having lived, worked and served in California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida. They’ve wandered and worked – we’ve remained and worked. It’s pure joy that we are together again in this season of life.
As I look forward to 2012 – My Beloved and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary of serving the community of Park Royal through Christian ministry. I would never have imagined this to be possible when we first landed in Mississauga 25 years with a truck full of our worldly possessions and two sweet little girls. The Lord has brought us so far!
The world is a place filled with turmoil. Yet we know that our terms as ambassadors in this strange place is nearing an end. It is our hope. We continue to move ahead in that hope knowing in our hearts that there is more for us than elections, wars, recessions and suffering.
As I wrap up the end of the year in my cozy office overlooking frosted treetops on this silver gray day, my heart is filled with peace and anticipation – wondering ‘what’s next’ in our world. What will today bring? Tomorrow? For sure I know this one thing – our only hope can be found in Jesus Christ. He is the ONE WHO can supply our needs and lead us to a confidence in knowing what is ahead! so even though we don’t know what the year will bring – it is with confidence I can say HAPPY NEW YEAR – knowing my happiness is totally reliant upon God.