I leave for Haiti tomorrow.
I haven't packed.
Well, I have packed treats for the children in the orphanage. I have packed pictures of my family. I have packed snacks. I have packed coloring sheets that my friends gave me. (For the children, not for me!)
But, packing my pj's and toothbrush and clothes just hasn't happened. I guess I can't believe I am really going. Packing those things will make it real.
I have dreamed of a mission trip since I was in high school. I have made 47 million excuses of why the time was never right.
Watching my children make their way in the world with full bellies, access to medical care, clean water, and full refrigerators, always makes me say prayers of thanks.
If I want a glass of cold water, it is mine. If I want healthy food, it is mine. If I want a hot shower, it is mine. If we need medical care, it is ours. A trip to any superstore will provide aisle after aisle of choices for all of my needs.
"Mine, mine, mine," rings in my head.
At a funeral, I once heard someone eulogized with these parting words: "She lived a life of service."
Those words have stuck with me. Am I living a life of service? Am I making the world a better place? Am I leading by example for my children?
We all serve in different ways. For me, for now, for this week, Haiti is in my heart.
I am going to Haiti and I pray that I can be of service. I pray that I can make someone laugh. I pray that I can connect and convey all the big, rowdy love that I have in my heart. I pray that I can hold them in my mind's eye when I return and am watching my children play soccer or when I am singing at church or when I am in the middle of a belly laugh or when I go to the voting booth.
Thank you to all of you that have helped make this trip possible.
Thank you for helping fund the trip.
Thank you for bringing me pie tonight.
Thank you for sending supplies for someone else's children.
Thank you for reminding me 952 times to NOT drink the water.
This is my pastor during one of his trips to Haiti. When I saw this picture, my trip was sealed.
It's time for me to pack.