It’s our last day at the children’s home and the reality hits us as soon as we begin our day. Everyone’s a bit quieter, more reserved. It’s a day of saying goodbye.
Our lunch hour was spectacular. Angel’s music is so heartfelt and Spirit-filled, we can’t help but be moved. But the highlight was one of our songs, Seek Ye First, led by Laura Schlecht, with Angel joining in to accompany on guitar. For the last verse, all the Honduran workers spontaneously joined us in song. Suddenly, we were all singing the same music, each in our own language. The sound echoed within the church portico, as we shared this moment of perfect unity as brothers and sisters in Christ. The presence of the Spirit was palpable.
It’s hard to leave our building projects when we’ve finally gotten the knack of how to do it! But we’ve done our part and leave it for others to continue, trusting that the work will be accomplished . . . a living metaphor for carrying Christ’s Light into the world.
It’s hard to leave the children. They have a special program for us, with the youngest ones singing songs. We connect with them one final time, capturing their precious smiles in our hearts, and we give them our final hugs goodbye.
As we head to Casa Lamb, we wait in our final cola, our last construction traffic delay. We’re standing outside our vans to chat as an ice cream vendor walks by selling his wares. Then, as we’re eating our refreshing snacks, four clowns walk by. Somehow, we seem to have entered into a surprise celebration of our week together, while waiting in a cola. The unexpected certainly does occur, as we seek to serve Christ and be the church!
We share our final dinner together, then gather for reflection time and compline. It’s another kind of goodbye, as this is our last evening together. Then off to pack and prepare for the morning.
We look forward to getting home, but we’ll miss being here with our Honduran family and one another. We’re nearing the end of this journey: one final night, one final morning.
Blessings, Mother Bonnie+