Wednesday, February 07, 2007
My Heart: Here and There, Part 2
So you might want to read the post below to make sense of this but...
I had lunch today with about 50 other women who gather monthly to pray for people who are working for good around the world. I love these ladies. Most of them are in their 70's and 80's, and some of them are younger. I spoke at their gathering last month and felt their love as I always do when I'm with them.
Today Jean Gill spoke. She and her husband lived in Japan for 27 years and they care a great deal for that country. But her heart expands beyond that one experience and when she spoke of the situation in Cambodia, she cried.
There were 7 of us at our table and 5 of us were international people. There was Marcie who was raised in Japan and then went with her doctor husband (and their kids) to Nepal for a few years to care for those with leprosy. One woman grew up in S. America, another in Taiwan.
Here we were, a group of women who have lived all over, all with hearts broken for peoples and lands far from this place. Quite suddenly it dawned on me: These international people whose lives have been interrupted (and a little messed up) by needs that moved them to action in far-flung places, these are my people. I was overcome by a feeling I rarely have... among them I felt at home.
We were together for lunch, united by the fact that our hearts are here and there. I literally felt the hair on my arms stand up. What a privilege to be counted among this tribe.
By the way, Portugal beat Brazil today 2-0. This international lady is very happy!