Mark 3:7-15; 19b-22; 31-35
It’s the first week of Sabbatical, the morning of the first Wednesday of June. Our family is up and out of bed. The energy level is well above average for this time of day. School is out, my email auto-reply is on, our bags are packed up, and we’re about to be off. Our flight to Guatemala departs in just a few hours. Among the many things on the pre-departure checklist was putting a hold on newspaper delivery, starting…tomorrow. Might as well have something to read at the airport.
On our way out, I grab the paper off the front porch and open it for a sneak peek. I’m not expecting much worth dwelling on. But there on the front page of the Dispatch was something to dwell on: A large image with the heading “Too much to bear.” It was a picture of a grieving mother, in, of all places, Guatemala. The caption noted that her name was Lilian Hernandez, and that 36 of her extended family members were presumed dead after the eruption of the Fuego volcano three days prior.
We’d known that the Volcan de Fuego, the Volcano of Fire as...