Gloria answered the door and her eyes were so wide with excitement.
She went and woke her mom up and we had a really lovely time. Alicia
is so real—recovering from a stomach tumor while her husband
works in the States. She might actually have a lot of strength in
her vulnerability, which is encouraging for me. She visited the
doctor this week and he said she is recovering well after having her
tumor removed a few weeks ago. I can tell she tires easily from all
her body has been through, but I’m so glad she’s on the mend.
asked her to show me what she had practiced as far as writing, and
was amazed to see pages and pages of signatures, family names and
Bible verses. She had drawn some really lovely flowers and woven the
verses around them. It was so utterly beautiful to see the verses
she had chosen. “God is all powerful. Jesus will heal me. God
hears my cry and will answer me. Jesus is my hope.” On and on and
on. And I knew that these verses were real promises to her,
that they really are her daily spiritual bread.
she whipped out a really beautiful flower drawing that was
interwoven with one of the Psalms and asked me to take it home. It
was so sweet and raw, “Have mercy on me, oh God, for I have put my
trust in you. I cry out to you all day long.” Every time I see
this girl she makes me want to cry. She is incredible.
I left her home the fog was setting in with the night and the
mountains looked truly majestic under the graying sky. No one was
around, so I just stopped and gazed in wonder. People here don’t
realize what they are surrounded by. I sang to myself the words from