Wednesday, August 22, 2012


We traveled through the night via train to get back to the capital and had a day to prepare for our return journey back to the States.  It was nice to be able to spend a day with my wife walking through the beautiful parks, cathedrals, and historic areas while enjoying a cool and breezy early fall afternoon.  For the immediate, it was a welcome distraction.

As of now, we are sitting in the airport lounge in Munich waiting for our connecting flight to the States. Reality is working its way back into our lives helping to distract us from the events of the last few days.  But it is only a distraction.  Our hearts will always have a hole in them that Duncan was supposed to occupy.  God and time will reduce the size and the jagged edges, but it will always be there.  So why did this happen? 

Honestly, I don't know and probably never will.  There will many who will offer up opinions and ideas but the ultimately reality is that only God knows.  As a human being, I struggle at times to take comfort in that.  But as a merciful and gentle Father,  He brings this particular passage of Scripture to my attention.

"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."         2 Corinthians 12:9

His strength is made perfect in our weakness, and right now we are weak, tired, confused and unsure.We need His strength and reassurance as I know it is the only thing that can restore and refresh our spirits.  We are not defeated and will seek His face in hopes that He will place another calling upon our lives.  Our world is full of so much need and I look forward to Our Next Big Adventure.

In Christ's un-ending love,

Tim and Cathy


  1. God bless you and your act of obedience! I know your hearts are hurting... May God bring you peace.-Maria (Finn's mommy)

  2. Sufficient grace. Even when the world comes crashing down. A faithful God who will be true to the end. My heart continues to grieve for you and even more for Duncan. Our prayers are with you as you stumble home clinging to the One who will see you through.

  3. i am shattered for you, and for him. He will probably never know what he gave up, and I sense there are some politics at work here he'll probably never know manipulated him. That may sound harsh to say, but I feel it's closer to the truth than we'd all like...

    I admire you both for putting your hearts and souls out there, and hope that you find comfort in your faith.

    With love.

  4. Praying for you both. His grace truly is sufficient. Praise God we can rest in him.

  5. I'm sure it was such a hard decision for Duncan. Not knowing the truth about our country, I'm sure it was so hard for him to leave all that he knows to come to a country he's not heard good things about, even with the best of families for him to land with. I pray for him that this is the right decision for his health and happiness, and I pray for gentle healing with His grace while you mourn the loss. Peace to you all at this time and safe travels, ~Vonnie

  6. Thank you for sharing this verse and your perspective with us -- it was encouraging. We are truly heart broken for Duncan and your family yet pray with hope that the Lord will direct Duncan's steps in the future. With prayers for all, Christine