Yesterday at church the contrast was stark. The furnace boiler in our old church building gave up just before the service began so we were reminded to keep our coats on and sit close together. Last week we were seated on wood benches in a thatched roofed church with open space above the walls and some small openings for ventilation. In 90-degree heat we were amazingly cool as we watch eager adults in a literacy class followed by a drama about the importance of being able to read.
I thank God not only for chances to leave for far away places but also the special joy of returning.