Christmas Morning & the Church is Locked?

Having stayed awake past midnight to welcome Christmas, I did not appreciated waking this morning. It was my hope to sleep long and well, but the Christmas church service was to begin at 9 a.m.

Getting the kids awake was just short of parental torture, but we made it out of the house by 9:30 a.m. Our orphan friends had either left for the service or were staying back to prepare lunch for the day. Walking without the kids to church felt a bit empty as they usually entertain us for the fifteen minute walk.

Upon arriving, we found groups of kids scattered in circles in the field outside the church. A few adults were doing the same. It was 9:50 a.m., and the church building was still locked. We were to begin at 9 a.m., but this is Kenya. Time has a different meaning here.

An elder arrived with a key just as we wondered about the service taking place. Most people arrived between 10 and 10:30 a.m., and the service began somewhere during that half hour.

Life is different when time has a different sort of meaning. It is more about living in the moment and feeling less stressed about getting to the next thing. There are also shortcomings to this kind of life, but we certainly have much to learn about caring for those in our midst rather than moving to the next thing on our schedule.

From Karai, Kenya – we wish friends and family back home a blessed Christmas!

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