Disappointments?! Who hasn’t had them? We got a big one a few minutes ago. There will be no trip to Uppsala. My other niece that we were going to visit had some problems come up. Dad was so much looking forward to this trip! Now I’m hoping for a refund on the tickets. I didn’t pay coverage for a refund.
This brings back memories of all the disappointments we had when our girls were growing up, my oldest daughter suffering with cystic fibrosis. It seemed like we could never plan anything, because, sure enough, it would have to be canceled. Finally, I said to myself, “I don’t want to plan anything!” It wasn’t fun for the sick girl, and for sure it wasn’t fun for her sister.
There is an art in taking disappointment with grace. I figure there is always a reason that things happen. If we believe that God holds us in his hands, a disappointment can turn into HIS-APPOINTMENT! Now we have to ask ourselves what we can do this weekend. Is there something we can do instead of the trip to Uppsala? I really feel bad for Dad; he was so happy about the trip!
Dad has a friend, a former missionary to Japan. This man, Nils Ibstedt, has written many Bible study books. Dad has helped him with editing and proof-reading. You might remember that we were given several of those book when we were in Almhult.
Dad and Bert Karlen, who gave us the books
This man has worn many hats during his long life-time. He is now retired but continues to write. For many years he was a missionary and also an architect. He designed the church-building in Almhult, for instance. He is also an accomplished artist. Followings is a short “gallery” of his art-work.