This morning, in preparation for a day of writing, I reread the journal I kept during a trip to Iraq in 2003. It was quite the adventure–in every conceivable sense of that word.
I was struck by my last entry in the journal, written as our team was safely headed home:
“According to Hebrews, faith is assurance and conviction. But faithfulness is endurance and enlightenment with an empathy for all those who are exposed. Thus, the Christian life affords tremendous personal and individual benefits, but cannot be lived out on a merely personal or individual level. I pray I never forget this vital, essential truth.”