Tandela and Mark and I returned this week – just ahead of the fog that has stalled air traffic in London! The Canadian Embassy in Nairobi worked on our behalf to get Mark’s papers ready for our departure the same evening – another reasonÂ we are very grateful.
AlreadyÂ I miss the warmth, both in temperature and in people, the rich array of sights, sounds, smells of life in Africa.Â However, from Calgary I can even more appreciate the security of our systems, transportation and other infrastructure, as well as the more consistent legal framework and freedoms here – that are quite tenuous there.
A small child – Mark – took us back to Africa and reminded us of the blessing and the fragility of every life. I hope the central gift of Christmas – our lives and familiesÂ - can beÂ fully celebrated in your homes this season also.
My office is brimming with donations for the Mustard Seed – a reminder of our caring communities as well. My thanks for the many expressions of support and hope as we go into the New Year.