Today my heart is at Rondo Retreat Center in Western Kenya. On the expansive lawn. Laughing and learning in the living room. Worshiping in the chapel. Having long heart to heart talks with sisters I dearly esteem and love.
Today my heart is in any number of living rooms in Nairobi, Kenya. Tuesday night potluck. Ladies Bible study. Planning ladies retreat. CDT is cross-stitching a million notebook covers. Seasoned missionaries sharing life. Teaching me how to survive. How to thrive.
Today my heart is at a dinner table. Turtle Bay Resort. Rondo, again. The Reppart’s home. Laura and I are reconnecting. Pictures of grandchildren. Memories with her children. The conversation circles and meanders but always points to God. Laura sat right up next to her King. Leaned into Him. Sought after Him. I learned from her, every time we spoke.
Today my heart is on a mountain top. Jeff has led amazing young ladies on a senior year adventure. I tagged along and summited with them. One deliberate, difficult step at a time. Laughter. Success. Brutal chill. And communion.
Today my heart is in our second house in Fort Portal. Dear friends, the Browns, are with us. They are newly weds and we are newly parents. Two year old Kinley beebops around us and Alex is three months from arrival. We are sharing the stories of our hearts and lives. Until the wee hours of the morning. And it is good.
Today my heart is in Fort Worth with dear missionary community gathered to honor, to remember and to say goodbye.
Today my heart is in West Texas. With my enduring man who continues to recover. With the Cashlings enjoying the delights of America. With my parents who are so good to me and mine. And with my sister and her amazing family who welcome us into their lives. Their activities. Their world.
My scattered heart, all broken and mended.
Gathered and strewn.
Today every piece of my heart finds welcome in His.
Pressing into His Knowing is Glorious. Familiar. Safe.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted…” Psalm 34:18
Laura Reppart, beloved wife, mother, Shosho, and friend passed from this life early this week. She is Home. And Healed. But we will all miss her here.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.