Tuesday, May 19, 2009


We meant to "wrap up" talking about the family rhythms of prayer, study, work, play, and rest while at Avila Beach. But I guess you could say we got too busy working (yes, even on sabbatical, there is the work of dishes and laundry and confirmation of travel plans and so on and so on)... and we did get too busy playing and resting as well.

And then today we arrived in England and we're not really sure what time it is and Chamie still doesn't feel she has yet got her "land feet" back and all the cars are on the wrong side of the road, so you could say our rhythm is all mixed up. But we had a pint of beer with friends at the local pub and our gathered six children became fast friends in the matter of seconds and we still lit our candle tonight before going to bed.

Tomorrow morning, we head out to sights of Christian history - like Salsibury Cathedral. We had a little glimpse of history tonight when we poked our heads in the old church on our way back from the pub. The choir was practicing, so the old building is still a place of present worship. But on the wall were listed the names of the abbots - the first one starting in 1160. We invite you to ponder for a moment - to try to wrap your head around - how many faithful followers of Jesus have gone before us. We are part of an enormous, beautiful - and true, sometimes heartbreaking - yet amazing story. We look forward to sharing with you the weaving of old stories with new stories. For now, though, goodnight... or good morning... or whatever the heck time it is. May you know that we have arrived here well and good and we pray that you are well and good, too.


  1. Good to hear from you Tim. I really enjoy reading your blog posts, infrequent though they might be. Know that we're praying for you and your family.

  2. Hope you are having a great journey. We love England and all the wonderful things to see and do there. Such amazing history. The cathedrals are breathtaking. And yes, the pubs are great!! Lively and no one is a stranger in England's pubs! Take care and have a lovely time.


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