To All of Us: Welcome Back!

AFTER so many months away from all of you, it seems as though we are coming home again.  I’m so glad to be back with you.

Much has happened here in my corner of the world since I bid you a temporary farewell. For one thing, Dan and I moved from our 3,000 square-fo0t house to one that’s not quite 1,250.  For another, I’m more behind on my work than ever.  Guess I’m distracted by the wonderful (make that:  magnificent!)  lighted decorations on every house in our neighborhood except two–one  of which is ours.  Even more, I’m joyfully distracted by living close to my two grandbabies.

I love to hear the strains of songs about the love and generosity and joy expressed at this time of year. (I could do without Grandma getting run over by a reindeer, though.  Just thinking about it makes me ache all over.)

I know that many of you could, and are, echoing my enjoyment of this blessed season.  And  I know something else: every one of us could do something to make our world a better place.

Beauty and music and holy miracles are where we want to focus right now.  There are already way too many criticisms and discouragements being hurled around.  Way too many tears being shed.  Far too much injustice.

But let us enjoy today.  And this week.   Let us rejoice in this blessed time.

But as we enjoy, let us remember that today is the day we can begin to improve the world.

I’m so glad we’re back together again!

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment

before starting to improve the world.”

~Anne Frank~



About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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11 Responses to To All of Us: Welcome Back!

  1. Nice to see you back at it, Kay. I’d love to hear how you guys ended up in Washington.

    Merry Christmas,

    • kaystrom says:

      Thanks, Patrick. How did we get here? Grandbabies! Good reason, don’t you think?
      Hope to see you at Mount Hermon in April. It will be here before we know it!

  2. B.J. Taylor says:

    I love all the many sides of you, Kay. Including … did I miss it? … being a wonderful mentor to me, a writer who took your classes way back years ago and learned how to become a professional writer. I’ve been learning from you ever since. Thank you!

  3. Anina Swan says:

    So wonderful to hear from you! The life changes you and Dan recently made, sound like you’ve taken a dip in the refreshing pool of change. I hope to see you at Mt. Hermon in 2019.

  4. I feel your pain of downsizing. I cleared out my 3-bedroom NC house last summer (escrow closes tomorrow) and moved into the biggest bedroom (15×15) of my CA house. This forced me to decide what is really important. It has been quite satisfying to go minimalist and not own so much that in the end owns me! OK, I have some more things in the kitchen, hall closets, and small shed but how much does a person really “need?” To afford the mortgage here I have 5 twentysomething housemates (mostly grad students) who keep me young and intellectually stimulated.
    I also feel your urgency for serving. As Grandolly to the little ones (5, 8) here, I’ll join Rhonda’s family (6 miles away) for Christmas festivities but then we are all taking out a couple of hours midday to go feed the homeless.
    Hope to get back to writing when the dust settles.

    • kaystrom says:

      Wow, Dolly, so you really can go home again! You had to downside big time! And five twenty-somethings? Well, if anyone can make it work, you can. So, so nice to be near grandbabies, isn’t it? Next time I’m in your neighborhood I’ll give you a call. It would be so nice to catch up… and to talk writing. Let’s keep in touch.

  5. Christy says:

    Wonderful reminder. The light of Jesus in your heart outshines the festive lights forever. Thank you Kay for being a bright light that brings hope, joy and peace to the the thousands of lives you reach. Have a blessed Christmas. Love you!

  6. kaystrom says:

    What a sweet message, dear Christy. I look forward to seeing you at Mount Hermon. Lots of catching up to do! Blessed Christmas to you and your family.
    Hugs to you, and to Grace too.

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