Being around our university students nearly every waking hour has distinct advantages. Besides 'keeping us young', we have the blessing of teaching, mentoring, and sharing Christ with those around the world.
Not being with them these weeks is a cultural shift for us.
I don't think we have seen/met one college student here, but spending time with new friends in the desert has been a blessing.
Though we miss our kids, spending time with the older generation has always been a favorite thing for us to do.
They bring such joy to our lives and have so much to share...
...like Newt, who generously loves and gives with God's love-- with no strings attached;
or Helga who told me her story of escaping Germany in the war on a refugee ship.
Their ship was torpedoed three times. At age 17, she and her sister jumped into the Baltic Sea in freezing January weather to escape the burning ship. After many hours she was rescued (with permanent physical needs); her sister perished.
Helga taught us renewed gratefulness for freedom, for health, and for God's enduring grace.
We are soaking up the desert sun-- and the wisdom of our new friends.
There is much to learn when you walk in someone else's shoes.Sharon