Thanks to all those who have responded about my trip with words of blessing and prayers for my journey and the work God wants to do through my being here. I think I could enjoy this blogging…
After 22 hours of driving and flying from my home in Oxnard, I arrived at Stuart and Marie’s home in Tralee in Ireland. There were half a dozen or so folks waiting to greet me and we had a brief time of fellowship together before I found my way to a bed and 10 hours of much needed sleep. I only slept about 3 hours on the plane coming here and was hardly able to string coherent thoughts together.
Awaking the next morning, Stuart and I headed for a cross-country tour to Killarney and a national park near there. What a beautiful trip through the mountains and coastal villages of southeast Ireland. We passed lots of golf courses too, but I didn’t bring my clubs, nor have time to play. The trip gave us lots of time to talk and I love how God has brought this group of people into the simple joy of living as his people together. You can read a bit about them at a web site they are just starting to put together at: http://www.saintsintralee.net.
Last night we gathered in Tralee to talk through the power of the cross and how it frees us from sin and shame to live deeply in the friendship God wants with each of us. We’re going to continue that discussion this evening (Saturday night) as well. But first we’re going on a bit of a road trip. Stuart will be dropping me off in Ballybunion to meet with some new brothers and sisters there while he drives on to Shannon to pick up Patrick who is flying in today from the States.
Tommorow (Sunday) we will gather with the saints here in Tralee and then make our way down to Cork in southern Ireland to meet with some other believers there. Your prayers for us are most welcome.