In early October I shared I was going home. Home to China. I warn new teachers in China near the end of their first year as they prepare to return back to North America for the summer — watch out, the first trip home is often the hardest. You won’t know they ways you have changed until you go back and thus you won’t be able to articulate to your friends and family. You know you’ve changed, they know you’ve changed, it just not clear where you have shifted within yourself.
This trip was no exception. Throw in that I didn’t know if I’d be given permission to visit where I lived for ten years (I was) and a purpose I had no foreseen for my first return (a friend with cancer) and I just didn’t know how it would go. Thus the reason I wanted to devote a week to reflect. It was a bit of everything from the so-called serious to silly. In case you missed any of the posts, here’s a comprehensive list. Thanks for your comments and prayers! Life is messy, but having a community makes such a difference :).
Another life recommendation for you –– and two movie suggestions
If life deals you the same hand twice, pay attention –It’s a risky thing to love, isn’t it?
Ever heard of this job? — Medical Companion and a discussion as to whether meaningful tasks have to be interesting
What’s your favorite Chinese food? — Banana bread!
I don’t know how to answer this question — Will you ever live abroad again?
Preschools in China agree with me: Chipmunks make great pets
At the end of such an experience it seems a benediction is in order. This one is modified from brother Jude.
To him who is able to keep us from stumbling regardless of location and life circumstances and to present us before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy and maybe with banana bread (since it seems to be rather loaded with good memories for many) to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Mark Allman says
Thanks for sharing your trip with us.