There is an eastern restaurant that the bus from Lyss to Wiler passes. I always chuckle at the phrase that means pick-up or take-out. A take-away to an American is usually a summary of what you have heard. We constantly condense what we consider important and forget the rest or put it in a file that is never opened. I have a very valuable notebook with study notes from my 50+ DTS. The last 11 weeks (next week completing the study on “Knowing God” and the service in London on “Making Him Known”) has been like a constant wave. I have been hit in the face and drenched with thoughts for the future, understanding the Christian’s call, and healing the past. I thought I was coming to be better prepared for service but knowing God is way better. I mean knowing God better is preparation for Heaven and whatever else happens in the next few years. I love Christmas and it is best summarized in the Message version of John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”
I am still quite a novice at travel. I managed to catch a bus to a train to take a lady to lunch in Biel. Upon my arrival on September 29th my phone did not work. My suitcase was too big to manage in a seat so it was in an aisle and the other weary travelers were trying not to glare at me. Some were more successful than others. Brigitte spoke some English, saw my situation, used her phone and connected me to the people who needed to know I had arrived. We have exchanged texts but finally managed a visit. A lunch is not enough of a thank you but I had hoped to see her again before the service in London. If you have been following you might think I am just on vacation but this season has been rigorous. I am grateful and have much to TAKE AWAY. No time to begin a summary yet. I have another week of study and looking forward to a short break. Also have a few novels to choose between. My mind needs some gymnastics other than serious study for the week off. I hope you have plans and maybe I will be in them next year…thank you for listening. Have a Blessed Christmas!