We arrived at 6:30 a.m. to a bit of a soggy, muggy day. I grabbed a quick nap and then went on a run into town to meet a couple of friends for coffee. Was I really in Gig Harbor only yesterday?
Lots of construction going on in the town square in Woking these days. It’s looking beautiful and oh-so-modern … then right around the corner I run into a street of row shops that looks like a scene from a Dickens novel. I love that about England.
Running past lovely manor homes and laurel hedges, holly with morning glory pouring out of it, a house called “Pooh Corner” (all the houses have names here)… past the football (soccer) field and the neighborhood pub (can’t wait for fish and chips and STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING) … have I mentioned how much I love England?
This is my sixth trip to the U.K., so it’s kind of becoming a home away from home, of sorts. We absolutely love it here: the people, the sights. The culture and history. The heart and spirit.
It’s hard to say if that’s just coincidence and personal affinity, or because we both have roots here. Doug’s grandfather was born in Devon, my great-grandparents in Hampshire and Scotland. I find it kind of a surreal (but very nice feeling) to go back to where our “people” came from.
That’s why I love it that God would bring Doug and me around full circle, back to the area our own grandparents and great-grandparents left almost a hundred years ago. Not just to vacation, but to serve. Not just to teach, but to learn. Not just to work, but to enjoy authentic friendships and Kingdom community.
We’re really looking forward to being part of the Prayer-Saturated Life conference at ChristChurch Woking next weekend, June 29-30 in Woking, Surrey. UK friends, if you’re around and available, please join us!
It’s going to be a full ten days. I’ll post some pics and blog entries and share some of our experiences, observations, and reflections. Glad to share the journey and keep you posted!