I see love everywhere. The look of love is upon the Rwandan hills, in the kid's artwork, and certainly in the sparkling eyes of a bride and groom. I am surrounded by LOVELY moments here in Rwanda.
During the evenings I love to sit on my bed and look up into the hills of Kigali where I am staying. It is a beautiful and serene view, particularly as the sun begins to descend beyond the hills. Amidst the night cool breeze, I often hear the robin birds chatting to the setting sun. The sounds of flapping banana tree leaves and other botanical delights also abound. This is certainly the Lord’s creation – a natural wonder and work of love. As I gaze upon these Rwandan hills and consider the work I am doing here, I give thanks to the Lord for everything. As I look to the hills of the setting sun, I consider Psalm 121:1-2 "I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Selah!
I also see the look of love in the beautiful art work that the kids prepared. I am working with a small group of older primary students who will help me with the other students as we prepare to make quilt blocks for a kids art show. The love for their mother country Rwanda was quite evident in their drawings of the Rwandan flag, use of Rwandan colors yellow,
aqua blue and green, and making heart signs. Their love for the Lord was also shown in one child’s drawing of the Cross. I was even moved to see how one child wrote on his art piece “I love Ange” with teacher next to my name – so very touching.
There is then the look of love in the eyes of newlyweds - my AMU colleague Chantale and her husband Elie. Their wedding was the first wedding in Africa that I attended and it was beautiful. The first part of the wedding was a traditional African wedding. Rwandans love their cultural heritage. In the afternoon was the wedding ceremony at a Christian church.
Their love was consecrated in prayer and reverence to the Lord. With Jesus at the front and center of their new marriage I know that Chantale and Elie will enjoy many years together.
So love has been and continues to be in the air here in Rwanda as I grow deep in love with living into my purpose.
Peace, LOVE, and Blessings,