I think one of the most beautiful hymns I've ever heard is "Come Thou Fount." I can remember times in my life when I was filled with such a swell of emotions, my mind went back to the words in that song. "Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise." I understand … Continue reading Here I Raise Mine Ebenezer
It's weird to not be celebrating Thanksgiving. There aren't turkeys everywhere. There aren't huge birds for sale in the supermarket. No one is talking about going home to see family. The 23rd will just be another day in Japan. Still, I have a lot to be thankful for. I think back to where I was … Continue reading What Are You Thankful For?
This week has been incredibly busy. It was deceptively busy. Since September, students and church members have been donating all kinds of things to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. There was a lot. I was tasked with organizing the donated items for what we called "Packing Parties." I drastically underestimated how long this … Continue reading Packing Party
I think one of my favorite words that exists in human vocabulary is the word "Gemütlichkeit." One of the best birthday presents I ever received was a small picture of me and some of my best friends laughing. At the bottom, in golden paint, is that word. Gemütlichkeit. For those of you looking at that … Continue reading What Does Fureai Mean?