Monday, March 19, 2012

A Tea

Yesterday, we joined our friends, Matthias and Stefanie, to provide music for the Socorro Hospital's benefit tea. This was to raise funds to build an access enabling patients with wheelchairs to enjoy the hospital's healing garden.

Matthias and Andrew playing a duet- Be Still My Soul

Stefanie and I playing, Morning Has Broken

Dr. and Mrs. Bassler

The boys talking with our state representative, Don Tripp

Several people asked if we were all one family… imagine that!! :)

We had lots of fun preparing and playing together, and were blessed by the opportunity to serve.

"The pure air, the glad sunshine, the flowers and trees, the orchards and vineyards, and outdoor exercise amid these surroundings, are health-giving, life-giving.
Physicians and nurses should encourage their patients to be much in the open air. Outdoor life is the only remedy that many invalids need. It has a wonderful power to heal diseases caused by the excitement and excess of fashionable life, a life that weakens and destroys the powers of the body, mind, and soul." Ministry of Healing, pg. 264

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy 21st Birthday, Tyler!!

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are for good... to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11  

All who know Tyler have been blessed by his out going, fun loving personality. He's the social character, always eager to meet new people, ready to send a smile their way.
We love you Tyler!

By the way... All who might be wondering, his birthday is the 11th. We were too busy celebrating to post. :)

Tyler's highlights of the past year

  • Seeing God's hand in my life and the revealing of His will.
  • Enjoying time and working together with my family.
  • Spending time with friends.
  • Travel!!!  Honduras-- Experiencing the culture of another county.                                           Kansas City with Dad, Andrew, and our friend Jonathan.
  • Working as an EMT-- The ability to help someone in a life threatening critical moment to conquer their problem, allowing them to live longer with their loved ones. 
  • Learning the ways of retail and working in the hardware store... I love it!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

To Another World

Upon arriving in Honduras it was as though I had stepped into another world. This beautiful nation, clothed with a tropical climate, dense colorful vegetation, and gorgeous mountains, is ridden with flagrant poverty, and vice. As I'm sure your heart would, my heart ached for the people, and it's given me a whole different perspective on life.

I can't help but wonder if Christ had a similar experience when He came to earth. He left the riches, the splendor, the glory, and the purity of heaven to come here to a sin filled world darkened by spiritual poverty, disease, vice, and impurity. And Christ's heart must have hurt because of our hurt. It must have pained Him more than anything we can imagine to walk this earth and realize that the crowning act of creation, man, made in the very image of God, had become so degraded, so downtrodden, so filthy compared to our original design and intention. Could it be that this is why Christ reaches toward us with a heart so full of compassion, mercy, benevolence, and love to give us those promises of a better life, a better place to live, with no tears, no dying, no orphans, no abuse, no physical pain and disease, no emotional pain, no loss, the impossibility of harm on any dimension, the promise of sin not rising the second time. Everything in complete harmony and unity. But no sin… no physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. Is it really possible? The Bible says, "with Christ all things are possible… Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." It is possible, and when we all get to heaven won't it be a day of rejoicing?!
Lets grasp these amazing, almost surreal promises, share them with others, touch lives by Christ's influence in and through us, and lets go together...

To another world...