We shared a lovely Christmas Eve at the Hardisons' home on the compound at St. Philip's. Nan prepared a delicious ham dinner with all the trimmings, and Padre Zach performed a miracle (with garlic, of course) on the mashed potatoes. Everyone enjoyed Nan's rum cake with ice cream for dessert, while the family dogs, Simba, Chewi and Little Brown, gobbled up the leftovers. Hymns played quietly in the background, a wooden giraffe was decorated as a Charlie Brown tree, Liz orchestrated a hilarious gift exchange, Lori and Don bequeathed a furry Santa cap to our hosts, and Nadia and I loved every minute. Christmas in Kenya was a delight, in great part because I knew you were with us in spirit.
But the Anglican Church of Kenya has a Christmas collect for all the world: "Eternal God, who made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of your one true light; bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth, to see the radiance of your heavenly glory through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord..."