Lisa and I looked at the perfect house a little while ago. It's just down the street and very close to me, and it feels so right to us. Walking in was like coming home to our first house of hospitality. I can't believe I'm saying this so soon, but after a lot of prayer and reflection, and the certainty that we need a house, we're moving forward on it! Wheeeeeee! If you would, could you please pray that we hear God every step of the way on this, and follow his lead. We can do nothing without him. I mean, it's not guaranteed we'll end up in this house, but like I said, it feels right. Our beloved community is so excited. The potential of this house is immense.
Finding it--and it's ready to move into!--is timely. Last night we welcomed one of our "strangers," a stormy, wilderness of a young woman who came to us a few weeks ago. We helped her as much as we could, but she refused anything else we offered. This grieves Lisa and I; an unborn child is involved, but the truth is, there's only so much we can do for the lovies in our lives. We cannot strip them of free will, not even for their own good.We set out our best offer (it was a great offer). That she didn't it is on her. Lord, have mercy. Learning to let go of someone is as big a lesson as learning when to intervene. God is teaching us so much right now. Honestly, Lisa and I are running to keep up!
Tonight, between cooking perch for dinner, I'm wrapping presents and putting the final touches on the handmade gifts I'm crafting for a few people--some of you are reading this! So I can't tell you what they are. And hey, don't get too excited. They're teensy little things, but made with a goodly portion of love.
Wow. Now, we are so very close to the baby being in our arms! Can you feel the excitement all around? It's as if I can sense the angels rejoicing, just as they did that holy night so long ago.
Experience the wonder of it!
Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster
O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver,
the Desire of all nations, and their Salvation:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.
O come, O come, and be our God-with-us
O long-sought With-ness for a world without,
O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.
Come to us, Wisdom, come unspoken Name
Come Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,
O quickened little wick so tightly curled,
Be folded with us into time and place,
Unfold for us the mystery of grace
And make a womb of all this wounded world.
O heart of heaven beating in the earth,
O tiny hope within our hopelessness
Come to be born, to bear us to our birth,
To touch a dying world with new-made hands
And make these rags of time our swaddling bands.--Malcolm Guite
"O Emmanuel, O God with us, my Beloved All. Come!"