During the initial 3 months of our lives after leaving Taiwan in 2018 we were on the road (or on a train) every weekend, visiting churches that had contributed to support our lives and work there  since 1982. We went out to say “thank you.” After those three months, we made monthly ones for the next 6 months or so. On many of these weekends it was our joy to spend a night or two in guest rooms or to share a meal in a home. In several homes where we slept or shared a meal in Wisconsin, families had attractive appliques on the walls of a room or two. The words were Bible verses or inspirational thoughts about home and family.

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In previous generations, these kinds of statements would be cross stitched onto cloth, framed and hung. Times change, styles change, and size changes, too. The sentiments were quite obviously heartfelt.  (Some of the appliques filled far more space than a framed sampler could.)  

I read a few verses from the Bible almost every day. It seems that I’ve been working through Jeremiah for a LOOOONG time.  This morning I landed in the middle of chapter 51, where I found the following sentence: “Everyone is stupid and without knowledge.” (17a) 

I have my doubts that I’ll be seeing THAT verse on anybody’s wall or sampler, but I can imagine, can’t I?

David Alexander now resides in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.

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