Wednesday July 25, 2018

Luke 13:29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.

Today was a long but wonderful day. We had to get up ridiculously early (5:30 am London time) to take the train to the airport and then a plane to Berlin, Germany. We arrived in Berlin, completely exhausted (and that was just Jeff and I), the kids were much worse off than us. We arrived with little to report and took the train to Gesundbrunnen Train depot and then a short walk (15 min) to our hotel. Lucia had an epic tantrum, which all of Berlin could hear and see, which ended with Jeff carrying her on his shoulders for the remainder of the walk (exhaustion was an understatement). Once at the hotel we took a quick shower and after a short rest we headed back out into the world, still tired, but a little refreshed. It so happens that Anjali and David’s former art teacher has a sister who lives in Berlin and owns an Ice Cream Shop there, so we paid her a visit! I think it is so fitting that while Jeff prepared these scripture passages for a Mother’s Day gift for me, he would have no idea that we were going to visit a fellow American living in Berlin on this specific day! It just goes to show how He works in our lives. “. . . And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29). We are all connected in this big world and when we really start to see strangers as brothers and sisters, we can really feel how small this world actually is. What was planned to be a quick trip to the ice cream shop for dessert before dinner, turned into a history lesson. Katie’s shop literally backs up to the secondary Berlin Wall, and the walking path behind her shop has many signs depicting this area’s history; it was amazing. After getting our ice cream, she took us out back to give us information that we would have undoubtedly walked right past, being that we were all tired and not really paying attention. We actually walked right over the original Berlin Wall on our way to her shop but were completely oblivious! I had no idea that during the GDR (German Democratic Republic) there were actually two walls; one main wall and then a secondary one to keep people away from the first one! God brought us to this place, with this person, to show us something we would have totally missed. He brought His people together from the “east and west, and from north and south”.

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