A baby…that Kings travel by the star through the deserts…to see and bow before this child…
How has this baby impacted your life?
How has the birth of Christ impacted your life?
Has HE been your Comforter: Shattered dreams, losses, grief, addiction?
Is HE your Deliverer: idols, depression, catastrophe?
As a woman: status, value, honor among men, mercy?
As someone living with disability: elevated, Luke 14, inclusion, affirmation
Through the decades the status of women is changing; heroines of the faith have shown this baby’s value of women. We gain glimpses of those living with disability as we age; we are so grateful that HE has elevated disability and age…and gives eternal life; HE gives us JOY inexpressible, enlarges the “eyes of our hearts” and deepens our ability to love. Christ is our recompense.
We are endowed with this baby’s gifts by believing and trusting in HIM, Christ only.
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Merry Christmas to you with much love, Terry Taylor Graham, Diana Mood, David Graham
Enjoy this special season of celebrating Christ’s birth as we also look forward to His return. Each day, each New Year, brings a new sense of anticipation. “…So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28
When we all get to heaven the distance between us will we be erased, and times of separation will not even be a faint memory.
Kindred spirits will be constant companions and the joy of the Lord will constantly fill our hearts with joy and thankfulness for God’s unbounded love and grace.
But, while fettered to this earth and its limitations, we must purpose to stay connected. Today, it is so much easier to “tesseract” with all the wonders of modern technology which transverse time and distance in a Nano-second.
We invite you to visit and “Like” GTN’s website, www.gtninc.org, and our Facebook page. We are strategizing how best to stay in touch with you and encourage you to stay in touch with us. Send an email, prayer request, photo, etc. We can connect and network in real time as never before…let’s use it to encourage one another and advance Christ’s kingdom on earth till He comes.
“Tshai.” It means sun in the Amharic language. I loved the sound of that word and used that word often.
When David and I first went to Ethiopia, we took the bus to Dilla. Dilla was the town to which we had been assigned. We stayed in a motel of sorts and bathed in soda water since the river water had schistosomiasis. We would return to the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, to buy the things we needed. It was on one of these trips that God saw fit to introduce David and I to Tshai.
After getting the only double bed at the US Embassy warehouse in Addis Ababa, purchasing an apartment size gas stove and a couple of other things, we met Tshai for the first time. Her mother was a Peace Corps House dog and when we arrived she had a litter of pups. David and I could not resist and agreed to take one with us. We decided to name our new dog, Tshai.
We hired a lorry for the return trip. And, with all of our things loaded on top, we piled on top of the lorry as well; Me, David, and Tshai, for the 8-hour ride down the dirt road to Dilla.
Tshai liked to be on our bed, but with fleas, soldier ants and such, I didn’t want her on our bed. We agreed to keep her off our bed, at least by-word agreement. But, when David kept allowing Tshai on the bed, I knew that parenting together was going to be disastrous.
After some time in Dilla, Tshai moved with us to our new station in Jimma. She made the trip by bus, some 20 hours back through the capitol. It was there that Tshai found a new way to control us. The door handles were the lever type. She would stand on her hind legs, paws on the levers, press down, push or pull the door, and then inch herself around to the other room. There was one long hallway through our block house from the front door to the back door. One day that I will never forget is Tshai’s surprise when we returned home to discovered a calf and lamb moseying through our house.
There was a constant threat of rabies. All around us. Rats ran across the open rafters of our home in Dilla. The coffee trees in the back yard of our Jimma home was also the home to a troop of monkeys. All are potential carriers of rabies. At night, Tshai had to be kept inside because hyenas were well known for spreading rabies.
Dogs in Ethiopia aren’t as domesticated as they are in the United States. David and I had our rabies shots, but I can’t remember if Tshai was ever inoculated. There were no vets in the region, but we hoped that maybe our Peace Corps doctor, Dr. Torrey, gave her a shot as he made his way around the country to keep all of our immunizations up to date.
I was bound to happen, I suppose. Sadly, Tshai got tangled up with a monkey and had to be put down for our safety. She came into our lives like a sunrise and left like a beautiful sunset. Memorable, but gone way to soon. The time that she was in our lives are deeply etched into my memory.