Experiencing Love, Mercy and Grace

We have learned so much in the few short weeks we have lived in Romania.  But we also have so much more to learn.  The Lord has answered so many prayers.  We are thankful for our furnished apartment, yet it comes with many challenges.  We noticed that the dial on the oven is numbered 1-10 instead of having degrees from 0-500.  When we asked Lily how to use it, she responded that she would put it at about seven so we just need to play around with it a little.  After burning the first three meals, the fourth took forever to cook since it was set too low.  But . . . the Lord has provided an oven thermometer from a family who will be moving back to the states.  We thank the Lord for hearing our unspoken needs.

Our washing machine is from Germany so all the cycles and dials are in German.  Sprichst du Deutsch?  Thank the Lord for Google translate to help us figure out how to wash clothes.  There are no dryers in Romania.  Laundry can be seen hanging out from balconies of apartment buildings, but we haven’t been adventurous enough to attempt hanging laundry from the balcony. We are thankful to the Lord for providing yet another need – an indoor clothes rack.

We are beginning to recognize numbers and words in Romanian as people talk to us, but evidently not enough.  Stores in Romania make announcements every 5 minutes so it is easy to tune them out especially when we don’t recognize most of what is said.  The other night we were so absorbed in shopping we didn’t notice that we were the last customers in the store until the cashier came up to us scolding us in Romanian.  Though we didn’t understand a word she said, we realized the store had closed almost 10 minutes ago.  Quickly we headed to check out paying for our purchases, a little embarrassed but laughing to ourselves.  Indeed, we have so much to learn.

As we all spend our days learning life’s lessons, our prayer is that everyone would grow in understanding of what the Lord accomplished for us as He suffered, died on the cross for our sins and rose in victorious splendor on Easter.  May we experience the amazing love, mercy and grace of our Lord in a way like never before this special week.

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May you be encouraged by Psalm 103:8-17:

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.  As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.  For he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.  As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like the flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.”

Happy Easter from the Kijowski family!

Mike and his instrumentsYou are invited to Mike’s senior recital at North Park University in Chicago on Tuesday, April 25th.  He will be playing and singing a very diverse collection of worship songs classical works and a few other genres.  It will feature works from Brahms to Brenton Brown and Villa Lobos to Vertical Church Band.  It will be in Anderson Chapel located at 5159 N. Spaulding Ave., Chicago IL 60625.