It was 3 weeks ago we left our home, one we lovingly referred to as Dogwood lane. 2 years and 11 months to the day we moved in. It was 2.5 weeks earlier than planned. Financial necessity and a delay in our next steps, caused the abrupt goodbye.
As Advent dawns and we take time to pause and reflect on the upcoming mysteries, I have been reflecting on the love and generosity poured out on our little family, especially through gifts of others time.
When we decided to pack up our home and put things in storage to move up to MI for temporary work for Tyson… we had a little over a week to get it done. The task was further complicated by first trimester nausea and unbelievable fatigue, my work, and of course the kids.
We reached out though and asked for help and were met with overwhelming support… friends who came on their birthday to help clean, others helped pack and haul. One took the kids for us for the day. A beloved group of friends helped load the truck and unload it into storage… others helped with a party planned before the new turn in events. And of course a home to come back to. Despite their schedules or busy lives… they stopped, they helped, they gave.
Yesterday Father talked about how, in many ways, we have lost the ability to stop and welcome people into our homes, or lives. We get lost in the busyness, our long to do lists and sometimes ourselves. In this we miss out on so much – walking with each other, sharing with each other… true community.
Preparation, waiting, faith & hope
In this Advent season, a season of preparation, of waiting. It is one of faith and hope. One that we can share with each other in moments that will matter most or we can focus on everything that needs to be done…. but will inevitably leave less of an impact in the fabric of our lives and the lives of others.
We prepare to welcome the Little King into our hearts and homes. In preparing to welcome him, we can also work on welcoming each other into our lives, just as they are. Grateful for the beauty of friendship and love.
“For salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”Romans 13