Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Week + Real Life

Today, Maundy Thursday, of our Holy Week... The reflection of the KING as servant. And the anticipation of the worlds greatest need met. And yet, creation continues to groan for the return of our great King.

Today started out with great pain here on the farm. I have the privilege of seeing some amazing women work hard for their families each day, as our home is located smack dab in the middle of Lifesong's Strawberry Farm. When we first moved... I met a young woman with a 2 week old baby tied to her back! She was working in the fields. I grew to enjoy seeing the baby, and sometimes holding it and making her laugh (or scaring her with my white skin...haha) The baby has been sick off and on. Even last week she came to our home at lunch asking for some food for the baby. Just last night, her baby met Jesus. Everyone on the farm is grieving. Not just for the loss of a sweet life here, but for S... her mother. You see, S's husband died 2 months before the baby was born. So in the last year, she has lost her husband and her baby girl.

And creation groans.

We continued on with our end of term awards and party. Here is what I saw:

#1 student in grade 1: Searching for a parent to get his award, fighting back tears... alone.

2 boys close to my heart asking "who will get my certificate with me?"

The rawness of orphan life. Those who are "vulnerable" are the blessed ones today. Because today I saw children SEARCHING for someone to share in their achievement, someone to applaud them, someone to walk with them to get their awards. So, today... I was the "stand in" mom.

And while that is ok... creation groans.

I saw young men who live on campus, being abandoned by their families, receive awards... yet their distant relatives will come quickly to collect the awards with "pride" despite not seeing, visiting, nor caring for these children on a monthly basis... much less a daily one.

And creation groans.

I saw a boy who had been abandoned at a young age, finally achieve the #1 spot in his class... and with tears in his eyes... he proudly accepted the award with his elderly grandmother.

Now.. that... That is my SUNDAY!

While there is so much brokenness around us... as we groan through the "passion"... we must find the resurrection in this life... the new life He has given us... the HOPE for the next life to come. Redemption is here.



  1. Oh Mitzi... makes my heart hurt. And we were just talking about that mama in the field last week! Sigh! Thank goodness for the HOPE of HEAVEN because of Sunday!

  2. Tears. Every time my kids perform in a program and search to find me I think of the orphan, specifically one in Ukraine who I got to be a "stand in mom" for once upon a time. Thankful for Hope, but groaning in the present. I think about you all often and send up prayers for the work you get to take part in.

  3. Shane and Misty VerretApril 6, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    Such raw emotions all in one! Thanks for sharing and providing unfailing love to those who need it!

  4. Oh Mitzi. Fighting back tears as I read this to my hubby. Come Lord Jesus!

  5. Tears... that`s all just tears... Oh and prayers... prayers!