I’ve waded through some rough and deep waters since my last trip to Samara, Russia. Still grieving the deaths of my parents, I am often tempted to sit out the race, make excuses, choose the easier path, and stay home in my warm, safe house. No one would blame me.
Then I get blasted between the eyes with Deuteronomy 30:19: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”
Giving in to loss is kinda like dying. I don’t want to die. I want to live–abundantly. So, I choose life, and I choose to rely on God’s grace to get me to Russia again this year, to light my way, to make my path straight. I have my ticket leaving April 30 for a six-week stay.
More details will follow this post. But if you are curious about why I keep going to Russia and what goes on there, please pop on over to my guest post on The Holy in the Daily: http://www.susangaddis.net/blog/2012/03/i-water/
If you are new to my “Jeanette Goes to Russia Again” blog, I welcome you and thank you for following me and commenting from time to time–because that encourages me and the ones half-a-world away to whom I go. Will you choose to join me with your presence here? This year, more than any before, I need you.