It was about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and I couldn’t sleep. I was still on South Africa time, which would have been about 10:30 a.m.
I was thinking about greeting our family and friends at the Des Moines International Airport upon arrival, getting luggage and going our separate ways.
The image in my head was of paper dropped on a windy day, with pages going in all different directions. People who’d never met before went on an extraordinary voyage together and bonded. Upon arriving at home, we all wanted a hot shower and a nap. We were going back to our own lives.
But will our lives be the same?
At Mass the day we were to leave South Africa, Father Ray talked about St. Paul’s conversion story. God doesn’t usually hit us on the side of the head to make a point. He talks to us in the stillness, in the quiet.
As we fly in different directions, back to our routines, how will God talk to us? How will we become his instruments?
And what about you, dear readers? Hopefully, you’ve learned about Blessman Ministries through this blog, about the many needs of the poor in South Africa, and about ways in which we can help. Some of you may be thinking about being a part of next year’s pilgrimage. Father Ray has already reserved a week in January, 2017 for St. Francis Parish. Contact Blessman Ministries if you want more information. Maybe you’d like to coordinate a journey to Blessman Ministries for your parish? Maybe you’d like to help with Days for Girls, or spend some time in South Africa with Dr. Blessman. Opportunities exist for individuals to spend 9 months with Blessman Ministries.
Be open, in the stillness and quiet, to hear God.