In exactly 7 weeks from today our family will be boarding a plane bound for home. I didn't begin to actively keep up with the amount of time we have left in Ireland until a few weeks ago. Now it's hard not to think about it. I've always tried to be fully present wherever I'm at, but at the same time, I've always been a dreamer with a heavy dose of hope and optimism thrown in for good measure.
Not only am I beginning to imagine a future back home in the States, the past few weeks have provided me with the opportunity to look back on our time in Ireland. I've had the opportunity to do a lot of reflection lately. It's been said that we live our lives going forward, but we understand them looking backwards. I think there's a lot of truth in that and in fact, I think we are far more prepared for the future when we have a good perspective on the past.
So over the next 7 weeks as I engage with people in Bible study, theological reflection, and in communal worship, I'll be balancing the past, present, and future. I am so thankful that we have a God who is fully present to us in all three of those arenas. - Shay