Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Songs for the ride home that will always sing Africa to us

In the midst of the chaos of packing and checking off last minute details, I found myself reminiscing a bit over the year that was in Zambia... I created a playlist to listen to some music on our Ipod on the way home. This year, with our Ipod and little station dock thing, from running to washing dishes to worshipping during family devotions, music has played a big part of our time here. From the time when Stephanie was lying in bed after a month of being sick, singing "Take my Life" through tears, to dancing crazy around the house in family devotions to "House of the Lord" to jiving in the car to "I'll Fly Away" these old and new songs have somehow connected us to Africa and the experience of Africa to us. "Where the Streets have no name" literally to "God of this City," our hearts feel the suffering and pain of Africa. We have ourselves gone through trials and confusion and discouragement and again and again, coming to the place where we surrender to follow Him... "Alabaster Jar" "All the way the Savior leads me" and "Empty Me" speak to this heart's cry. And the idea of Heaven... "Revelation's song" is incredibly powerful... Lastly, a song from Steven Curtis Chapman about his daughters... Especially in light of the tragedy in his world, may it remind us all to love our kids well. I think of the many things that I have loved about our time in Africa, one that stands out to me is how I have am learning how to lead our family and pastor my own kids. What a blessing they are to me and I don't want to miss out on the dance...

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