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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: WITNESS




Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

Less than two weeks ago, I got to witness my South African husband become a U.S. citizen. After ten years living in the States, it finally happened. He got a letter in the mail that said we would have to drive three hours to Detroit seven days later for his Oath Ceremony.

I can’t really explain the magnitude of being in a room with more than 100 people from who knows how many different countries, all becoming U.S. citizens at the same time. I could feel the weight and significance of the event in the air.

It was impossible to tell where everyone else was from, but we did hear a few country names being called out as people received their certificates of naturalization: Cuba. Democratic Republic of Congo. When “Ukraine” was called out, people cheered.

It felt a bit like a foretaste of heaven, with people from every tongue, tribe, and nation in the same room.

I know how long our journey has been, and I could only imagine what others have endured and persevered through. When the ceremony was complete, it felt as though there was a collective sigh of relief. It was official.

And yet while we are so grateful for this significant step and the opportunities now afforded by that coveted blue passport book, I was also keenly aware that U.S. citizenship — while a privilege and a gift — is also limited. It cannot solve anyone’s problems.

We are all foreigners and aliens here. As believers, our true citizenship is in heaven. During this Advent season, as we anticipate the coming of our King, may we bear witness to His kingdom here on earth and in heaven. Ultimately, we look forward to the new heavens and the new earth where we will dwell with our God forever and ever. Amen.





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(December 23, December 30, or January 6).
We’ll meet up again here, Lord willing, on January 13th, 2023!

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