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Dear David,

I dropped two pennies in an Italian wishing well today, arched my neck in laughter, and then prayed for miracles. Surrounded by “Make a Wish” messages at Disney, I’ve been making several. Praying for the safety and health of your team in Africa. Praying for purpose in the face of your students’ exhaustion. Praying for us. Praying for sweet children to fill our home. The plinking of coins breaking the transparent water surface of a mystical fountain at sunset simply reflected the constant plinking of my hopes, gurgling up from a wishful heart. Splish. Splash. All will be well.

Today I was struck by how God causes rivers to flow in the desert, flowers to bloom in the dirt, broken people to reflect Perfect Glory.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

One of the outreach projects in the Senegal bush this year includes planting flowering Buganvilia around a retreat center. Imagine . . . working in the desert to make beautiful things grow.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17

We are imperfect reflections of the Perfect Beauty yet to come. Yet, we are commanded not to lose heart. That has been the springboard of my prayers today. May your team not lose heart. May they reflect the glory of Christ.

Keep on planting flowers in the desert.

I love you with all of my heart!

Your Crazy Girl,