The air has been electric at this conference. I’m always suspicious of “electric air”. Perhaps emotion has taken over? Oh yes! It has taken over, spewing joy over all. These couples came together from rigid COVID rules that did little to stem the tide of the virus. Closed up in their apartments, creating virtual marriage conferences, growing FamilyLife exponentially. Each bore their own COVID horrors such as Guayaquil, Ecuador where the bodies of those who succumbed to COVID lay rolled in sheets, placed in the streets to be taken to a common cemetery. Many don’t even know where their loved ones were buried.
These leadership couples are together, and joy is running over them all and down their cheeks in sadness and joy. I’m ok with this “electric air,” but I don’t think it really matters to them if we are ok with all that electricity and emotion. What was virtual will soon be face to face in every country: couples reaching families in trouble and families not in trouble, “transforming lives one home at a time.” We are humbled by their examples.
Psalm 126 was read and is so appropriate!
A SONG OF ASCENTS.
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.