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A letter from Sharon Curry returning to South Sudan

January 2013

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”―Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Hazelden Meditation Series


As I sit here with the third day of the new year coming to a close I am so excited about the new year standing before me as a giant book of blank pages waiting for me to write the story and my first goal waiting to be realized. The goal to return to Akobo has been waiting for a full year now.  It hardly seems possible I will be returning one week to the week since I was evacuated last year.  I have a whole new definition of “just a few weeks” (until I can return) now.

Looking back on the pages and chapters that were written, I can see it has been an amazing year of blessings I could never have imagined.  There is an album full of images of people, places and experiences engraved in my heart and soul.  I can see the many ways that God’s hand has been in all of it.  I am amazed by the many ways my life has been turned, shaped, stretched and blessed beyond all imagination.  I thank you all for your part in it.

And so, as I look forward to returning to South Sudan next week, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the many ways you have blessed my life.  I pray that, as you look at the new year before you, all the chapters you will write in the books of your lives are as full of wonder and as rich as they may be.

My prayer for each of you is…

“May Light always surround you;
 Hope kindle and rebound you.
 May your Hurts turn to Healing;
 Your Heart embrace Feeling.
 May Wounds become Wisdom;
 Every Kindness a Prism.
 May Laughter infect you;
 Your Passion resurrect you.
 May Goodness inspire 
your Deepest Desires.
 Through all that you Reach For, 
May your arms Never Tire.”
―D. Simone

God bless you and keep you, my friends, until we meet again.



Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the blessings a heart can know!

Happy New Year!

The 2013 Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study, p. 103
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