For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11On this birthday, the first day of a new year in my life, I am awestruck by all the ways God has carried out this promise over the course of my life. That knowledge gives me hope for the future, whatever it holds. The past two years have been a bumpy ride, and I’m grateful for the friends and family who have sustained me as I have grieved losses. I’m especially grateful for the listening and kindness of my pastor, who will soon be moving on as our church calls a new permanent pastor—a new adventure and new possibility for relationship.
Now in the autumn of my life, always my favorite season as a young child, I am assessing what opportunities the future might hold for serving God in different ways. My most recent project was to put together my first book of poems written out of my experiences on my first medical mission trip and my first trip to Nicaragua. The trip blessed my life in so many ways, many intangible, which I could only begin to express through poetry. God has had a hand in this project. I have offered the book in exchange for a donation to next year’s mission trip back to Nicaragua and have been amazed by the response of those who have read the poems and graciously donated. Who but God knew there was a poet hiding inside all this time. God is good. All the time.