Day 20 + 21 | A Thrill of Hope

My Old Friend | Berkeley, California | December 17, 2016

My Old Friend | Berkeley, California | December 17, 2016

An open seat standby to the west coast
A trade for a mom to sit with her kids
A gaze over Sierra Nevada
An older couple
A notebook
A train ride
An old friend
A hug

Tahoe Travelers | Lake Tahoe, California | December 17, 2016

Tahoe Travelers | Lake Tahoe, California | December 17, 2016

"Take the BART to Orinda, and I will be there to pick you up. We are waking up early tomorrow and driving to Tahoe."

It has been over a year since we really saw each other when for a whole summer we were pretty much inseparable, so the past twenty-four hours have been thousands of words exchanged, stories, and singing Spanish worship music at the top of our lungs with Randy's dog, Zeke, in the back seat. 

Recapping a year in just a day or so is quite the task, but between car rides, hikes, and trips to local Mexican restaurants we find the time. 

The purpose of every conversation: God loves us. 
The conclusion of every conversation: We love God.

We will have random thoughts that are interrupted by songs that pop into our heads, and the one that plays over and over in mine today is: 

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O Holy Night 

When Joseph woke up from his dream, I wonder if he felt a thrill of hope. 

Daily Readings

Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 18:1-24

A Thrill of Hope | Lake Tahoe, California | December 18, 2016

A Thrill of Hope | Lake Tahoe, California | December 18, 2016