Well, we are now in the last three months of our time here in Durham. We all have mixed emotions about returning home. We all wish we could be both here and there. Durham has become a home to us. The sight of the cathedral/castle skyline with the river below brings tears to my eyes. It has been a wonderful year of new friends and new places. I’m sure my Deep South American upbringing means that I stick out here. But Durham still feels like home.
I was typing an email a few moments ago to a friend about getting our boys together this week. I typed the word y’all in my e-mail. Our computer, which recognises that I am in the UK auto corrected “y’all” to “yawl”. Egads!!! Where am I?? Y’all is the plural form of “you” in the Southern American English. In addition “all y’all” means ….well everybody. So I wish I could have “all y’all” together in one place.
If only I could put these places together. What would that look like? That place would have the beaches of the Gulf Coast with sugar white sand, emerald waters and sailboats on the horizon. Upon a cliff over looking it all would be a river running down to the sea with a lovely castle and cathedral to tower over the entire scene. I pray that “all y’all” would be there with me.
We weren’t quite sure what this journey would entail. However, we continue to be filled with Awestruck Wonder at what God is doing in our lives. We find no great joy than to serve Him by going to the places where He leads us. There is a joy in taking that journey with all y’all.
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him– 1 Corinthians 2:9
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10