Up Close And Personal

For starters, sorry for the late blog post. I’ve been without internet for over a month now, so I wasn’t able to update you all with how my holiday season was going/went. At this point, I’m just going to paint a very brief little picture of what Christmas here looked like. There were very limited Christmas lights, and the houses that chose to put up lights put up two strands of them at best. My house did not put up Christmas lights, or any other type of Christmas decorations, inside or out. Yes, that means no Christmas tree as well. There was basically no baking of holiday goodies, besides the natilla (a Colombian holiday sweet) that we made last minute on Christmas Eve. There was no Christmas nativity scenes, no Christmas show watching, no Christmas caroling, no Christmas songs, no Christmas plays, and no Christmas presents. It goes without saying there was no snow here, the weather is still the same as when I arrived, rather hot.

And it’s not like my typical Christmas traditions were replaced with new “Colombian Christmas Traditions” that I could learn and partake in. Instead, life here just trucked along like it were any other plain old time of the year. With the absence of anything and everything that is normally included in my holiday seasons, I must admit it didn’t seem like Christmas to me here, and I didn’t feel “The Christmas Spirit.” Rather, I felt what I’m going to call a figurative “Christmas hole” that needed to be filled.

Finally, in my search for Colombian Christmas Traditions I found one: thankfulness. In turning to this great Christmas tradition I filled my “Christmas hole” with thankfulness and gratitude for all the wonderful graces God has filled my life with.

One blessing that I’m especially grateful for is the opportunity to serve as a missionary and volunteer worker in Colombia for a year. This year wouldn’t have been possible without the amazingly awesome YAV program that I’m serving here with, or without the overwhelming support of so many wonderful people that I’m extremely fortunate to have in my life. So here’s a little shout out video to my great program and all of you:

I tried many times to capture how thankful I am for all of you in that video, and ultimately came up so very short. This experience that you have all provided me with means the world to me (cliche, I know), and will forever change my world going forward in life. So while I can’t tell you all exactly how great I think you are, I can tell you that I’ll continue to pay back all the generosity, support, and love I’ve received, with interest, to all those around me, and all throughout my life.

At about this point in time you may be wondering: where is all the nitty gritty insight into the personal life of Alex Meyer that’s implied with a title like “Up Close And Personal?” Don’t you worry, you shall have it yet! … In my next blog: “Up Close And Personal Pt. 2,” which will debut just a week after this bad boy. I had originally written one behemoth of a post with both parts together (hence the title), but I really wanted to dedicate this to all of you and everything you’ve done for me, without taking away from that by following with a long winded story. That, and I’m getting a kick out of myself knowing that I’ve built up some suspense and then leave you all hanging with a: to be continued…

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8 thoughts on “Up Close And Personal

  1. THANK YOU, Alex, for answering God’s call, with heaping amounts of courage, grace and TENACITY! The ripple effect of your YAV year will be far reaching, beyond family, friends & acquaintances, beyond what you are able to see. We continue to pray for your protection & direction… So proud of you, bud! Love, Mamacita
    Prayer of St Patrick
    Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
    Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
    Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
    Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
    Christ in the eye that sees me,
    Christ in the ear that hears me.

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  2. Aunt Terri says:

    Sending love and prayers! We love your updates. Keep shining the light of Christ!!! You are making the world a brighter, more beautiful place with your gifts, talents and willingness to serve.

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  3. Auntie Monica says:

    Thanks for sharing your personal journey. It is beautiful to see and hear about the changes you are going through. As Christian and I watched your video and read your blog post, it struck me that your experience with Christmas this year is really what we all are called to do, strip away the material stuff and busyness to focus on what really matters- thankfulness, family and our relationship with our Lord and Savior.

    So proud of the work you are doing and the man you are becoming!

    Love and prayers,
    Auntie Monica

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    1. Thank you for following along with my journey this year Monica! I’m glad to hear that you were able to get a little something out of my video and blog post. I had a similar realization to yours which ultimately prompted the blog post. So we’re on the same page there! Thanks for the encouragement as well, it means a lot.

      Love,
      Alex

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  4. Chris Meyer says:

    Stud Alex,
    You are Awesome!
    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
    Philippians 4:13
    I am very proud of you Alex.
    All Glory to God.
    Chris

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