In Guatemala, we were taken to the National Cemetery.
Colors of gray and black. A stench of decay thick in the air (and you really don’t want to know what caused the foul, defiling odor). Heavy wings uncomfortably close to our ears.
Hoping angels were soaring in to lift me out of the pit, I turned my eyes to the sky. To my horror, I found we’d entered a swarm of vultures. A scene I imagine Stephen King would relish.
We walked through the emptiness, life walking amidst death. At the edge of a cliff, we beheld piles of garbage as far as we could imagine. Men, women and children were digging through the trash for sustenance and survival.
Behind me were the remnants of death. Before me were the fighters for existence.
But here and now. A graveyard. Vultures. A trash dump. How?
My heart heavy but inviting, Lord show me life.
I turned to see a flower. Surrounded by death. A small sign of grace.
Charis joy. My eyes were opened. Intentional, but hard, eucharisteo. I began searching. Another flower. And yet another.
A life of gratitude slowly bringing transformation.
The flowers had been there before I saw them. Beauty dwelling with buzzards. Life among the dead.
I sought for hope. For joy. For thanksgiving.
I found God.
And my Multitudes on Monday has permeated into all the days of my week.
My multitudes of thanksgiving…
God showing up in a cemetery
A husband who prays for my needs in another country before I’m aware of what I lack
A gift bag full of provision from sisters who make sacrifices for Christ
The deep prayers of warriors approaching the Throne on my behalf
Finding love letters and pictures hidden in a suitcase which traveled with me to Guatemala
Friends, family and a church who encourage me to walk the path God’s paved
Hearing the familiar “mom” from the voices of my boys in an airport
Tasting milk and honey while giants loom
- Guatemalan Gift of Grace (refusingtotiptoe.com)
- Changing Course (livingingraceland.wordpress.com)
- Even in hard times: One thousand gifts #108-118 (graceformymess.com)
- Eucharisteo! (michellecollins.org)
- Icing on the cake: One thousand gifts #95-107 (graceformymess.com)
- In a world away from luxury (refusingtotiptoe.com)