Birches post tour.
It's hard to think it's been a whole year since I wrote all my 'Birches on Tour' feels. It has.
And what a year.
Our world has been scrambled and turned upside down with what seemed like a continuous attack of grenades.
Still, I feel us standing in solidarity, yet on the opposite side of the world, yelling;
'We Shall, We Shall, We Shall Not Be Moved'
Tears streaming down our faces, holes in our heart, at times strained.
Linking arms, yelling.
Timing rubbish. Isolation unforgiving.
His love never failed.
I felt such a peace, in the oddest of ways when I left for Ireland.
Who does that though, leave in the time of crisis? Leave at the heat of the fire.
And feel that it's the right thing.
Even logically now I can't believe I did it, but neither can I deny it was the right thing to do. For the blessings and favour that followed.
A faithful friend reminded me of a verse the other day;
'And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.'
So, here we are a little beaten up, a lot disheveled; but stronger in character, stronger in faith and clinging onto His Grace.