This past weekend Jenn and I had a retreat together. She has lived in Beijing for seven years now and flew here to Xiamen to spend a very precious few days together. We headed to a hotel near the beach and enjoyed....
early morning quiet time at the beach,
swimming laps in the pool, in the early morning and after dark,
sitting under an umbrella poolside, reading and talking for hours,
eating grilled seafood and Chinese food under the stars a stone's throw from sea,
walking along the boardwalk at night,
taking a ferry around Gulangyu Island,
walking the old, winding streets of Gulangyu to visit the pearl shop,
praying together on a covered bench above crashing waves on a boulder strewn beach.
talking about marriage, the Bible, faith, trials, answered prayer, God's goodness,
worshiping with believers from the US, Australia, France, Nigeria, Uganda, Tonga, the Philippines and more,
eating Indian food,
getting a Chinese massage,
just being together...
Our times together are few and far between but the distance between us and the length of time between visits seem to have no bearing at all on how quickly we pick right up, dive right in, and dig down deep into the stuff of our lives. This past weekend, we had many great conversations, a lot of laughter, a few tears, times of rejoicing and dreaming, and a whole lot of fun.
She kept saying, "I can't believe you're in China."
I couldn't believe it either.
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