God, You let us know we mattered with kids and grandkids in Denver, Ashland, Odenton, Columbia, even Greenbelt. Lifegiver, Family Blesser, we praise You for the birth of Jordan Noelle Gray. Ageless Spirit, thanks for the snowy weekend with church book group friends, the Little Free Library Ministry and for DCCRC’s second New Jersey service week. Jesus, thanks for energy to host David O. here and care for the Renkema boys in College Park. Purveyor of Pure Joy, thank You for each day on our cross-country trip from Christina’s graduation in Virginia to Judah’s in Oregon and back via Denver.
Praise You, Soul/Mind Love, in Pastor Meg’s Psalm Sermon Series and Poet Rod Jellema’s Psalm-writing Class. Thank You, Heart/Soul Love, for Meditation Group with Greenbelt friends, for Climate Action Peer Support Group and for Vespers at St. John’s Episcopal. Bless You, Whole Person Love, through DCCRC’s Strength Finder Retreat. Yay, Heart/Strength Love, for grandsons Thomas Christopher Roorda and Ernest Mavyn DeFauw!
Love gave us new people to nurture: we were Heeyun Lee’s host parents, glad to meet his friends and have him meet ours; my childcare grandma times brought smiles with the Ausema girls and McClellan boys. DCCRC grew in faith and outreach as Pastor Meg Jenista joined Minister of Worship and Music Katie Roelofs. Jim retired in December and we spent a week with Dave, Charissa and newborn Tyler Nicole Gray in Boulder. In March we met Jean and sons at DeFauw’s in Ohio; brought Judah to Greenbelt and DC one last time. Nigerian Stephen Enada was our guest in July for the first of many advocacy meetings. Creator called me to Stephanie Miracle’s dance class, to Greenbelt Climate Action Peer Support Group and on 13 miles of the Walk for our Grandchildren. Joy drew us to Loft Cottage at Castleman River for our 15th anniversary in August, and back to Ashland and Boulder for family fun in September.
Alive at 65 in Seasonal Renewal Fall: Two-church women’s retreat Thanksgiving in Blacksburg Eleven Advent days in Ashland Winter: Interplay at Seekers Church Calvin Worship Symposium Birth of granddaughter, Lily Grace Roorda Spring: Easter Sunrise Service at Greenbelt Lake Festival of Faith and Writing Scripture Poet Circle Elder-Deacon visits and prayers with women friends Summer: Church Block Party with DJ Duff Mom’s 90th Birthday Party in Blacksburg Jim’s 50th High School Reunion in Newfane NY Grateful for all season nowness of centering prayer and sleep, fully present to You then newness of waking—resurrected, restored