Saturday, September 24, 2011

Travels to Cambridge

Butterfly Article
October 2011
“The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. [8] The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 (ESV)  

Yesterday, September 21, was a day that I will not forget, unless I lose my ability to remember.  
Yesterday, our Katie left for Westfield House, Cambridge, England, to continue her Deaconess studies.  She’ll be gone until June, after that she goes on a year internship (which she’ll get paid for, and then she’s done. Hallelujah!)  That day has been on the calendar for a long time, for both Katie, and her mother and I, for different reasons, but that is for another article.
Also yesterday, our granddaughter, June Rose decided to be on time.  Her brothers were both a week late.  They take after their father.  
Those two events collided with magnificent force.  First, Katie was travelling with a young man, a fellow student from the Seminary, who resides in Kearney, so we thought it would be hospitable to host the young man and his family for lunch (originally to include my son, his wife and their, then, two boys).  At 7:30 AM the call came.  “Mom and dad, we’re going in, can you watch the kids?”  My wife never passes that opportunity up.  So, we had two little boys, our daughter, a young man and his family for lunch, and then, shortly after noon, little June made her appearance.
Now here where it gets interesting; keep in mind that Katie is going to be gone nine months, and this would be the only time for her to see her new niece.  So, we had lunch, graciously dismissed our guests, who were very understanding, and then loaded up Frankie and Lucius, with Aunt Katie, and headed for Methodist Women’s Hospital.  The long and short of the story is that Katie got to hold her niece, and got on the plane, and I am assuming, is now in England.  What a day.
What came to mind for me were the psalmist’s words in Psalm 121, “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. [8] The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 (ESV)  
Welcome June Rose.  God bless you, and keep you, most especially in His baptismal grace. And God bless and keep you Miss Katie, from this time forth, and forevermore.
That was my day, just thought I’d share it.
Pastor Ziegler

June Rose 1 hour old and 1 hour before I needed to be at the airport. I too will not forget this day. God is so good! Thank you all so much for your prayers!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Here we go!!!

In ONE week I will board a plane and tentatively not return to the states for nine months. I leave behind a sister-in-law who will deliver my very first niece, (due the day I leave for the UK) a dear friend who is due in October who has requested that I be god mother to her unborn child. I also leave behind dear friends who will be getting married who I had hoped to do their wedding cake, and many other life situations that I will now observe from afar. This is not to imply that I will not return and reenter into the lives of my family and friends and pick up on all that I missed out on. This is not a call for pity in a choice that I made to go and study in England. This also is not to imply that my adventures in England will not be an exciting adventure. This is only to say that for me I realize the choice I made and the impact it will have. This is to say that I need your help. It may seem strange but I can't do this alone! I need your encouragement and prayers as I can tell you for sure I will have my doubts and my insecurities packed in with all the other stuff accompanying me on this journey. In many ways I feel as though I take you with me. I am so thankful for the few who are following me in my blogging, you support me in my travels by doing so. Thank you and please pray for myself and all my family and friends. Pray for safe travels, peace of mind and God's presence to be made known as I learn to lean more upon my rock and shepherd and less upon my own reason and understanding.

Ps. 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation, of whom shall I fear? The Lord is a stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?