Friday, December 25, 2009
What a wonderful Christmas. Karen cooked our first turkey in five years (hard to get and very expensive) and served it with giblet gravy, green beans and potatoes, home-made rolls, and fresh carrots. It was five Thanksgivings and five Christmases rolled into one, and it was wonderful. I had to eat in the living room with my leg up, but nothing could diminish that incredible meal. Juliana came by with Charlini because she didn't trust us to feed the dogs properly and she wanted to help Karen. All the staff had the day off, of course, except the security guard, but he is a Muslim, so no worries. We got to watch the midnight mass from Washington D.C. ('course it was 7 am here, but we still got to go to church), and it meant a lot to us. Then, we played Handel's Messiah in its entirety on our computers before switching to Bing Crosby Christmas carols. We prayed for all our family and friends and those who are hungry, victims of AIDS, malaria, war, and many other curable ills. Even though we are surrounded by poverty and suffering, today was a day of joy and hope for "unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given." God bless us every one. Monday, I'll be in the hospital in Mwanza for five days with no family or friends around, so a few prayers would be gratefully appreciated.