I begin in weakness and end in strength. I discover all over again that this is exactly what God loves: to make his power perfect in our weakness, to show up in splendor when we show up in faithfulness, obedient but inadequate, trusting but inept, with nothing in our hands but our need for him. "You feed them," he tells us, when we have hardly enough to feed ourselves. We give what we have anyway and find afterward that everyone has had his fill. There are even basketfuls remaining.
~Mark Buchanan, "The Rest of God"
In the midst of the packing and all of the emotions that go along with leaving your heart in pieces around the world, I'm so grateful for the love and laughter that constitute the "basketfuls remaining".