Some great words, that I really could not have said better myself…from DashHouse
“It takes time… A couple of themes have converged in my life fairly recently.
Charlene and I have been married over 18 years now. I’m not surprised when I talk to other couples who are going through marriage difficulties, because we’ve been through our share. Maybe more than our share. But I also have a lot of hope because we now have a great marriage. I can’t take any credit for it, but I never imagined that marriage would be so enjoyable at this stage. But it’s taken time.
I’ve been at Richview over ten years now, but it’s only really felt like home for the past two or so years. For the first eight years, it wasn’t all bad, but it was a struggle. Don’t get me wrong: we have a long way to go, and there’s lots of work to do. But it’s taken time to get to the point at which it feels we have some traction and that we’re moving (slowly) in the right direction.
I sometimes thought about how easy it would have been to give up during the hard times. I’m glad I didn’t. It just takes time.”
A quote to make you think, regarding the culture that we live in:
“And ultimately we are shocked again and again by the fact of death. That which our forebears took for granted (having large families because a sudden epidemic could carry off half of them in a few days) is banished from our minds, except in horror stories. Similarly, death is banished from our societies, as fewer and fewer people die in their homes and beds. And it is banished, too, from our deep-seated societal imagination, as the relentless quest for sexual pleasure—and sex, of course, is a way of laughing in the face of death—occupies so much energy and enthusiasm, and dulls the aching reminders that come flooding back with every funeral we see, every murder the television brings into our living rooms. We ignore evil when it doesn’t hit us in the face, and so we are shocked and puzzled when it does.”
Once a month, some of us from Kairos join Hope with the USDA grocery food distribution to local residents (mostly elderly Armenian, Hispanic, and Filipino folks.)
The USDA works with us as a drop-off place for the groceries, to distribute in the neighborhood.
Here is Arturo, who lives in the neighborhood, and is our Armenian translator. (not sure what he is always saying, well I never know when is speaking Armenian, but our Armenian neighbors seem to listen to him)
Here is Greg (with the Colts hat, and a new friend), Lenny (who runs the program), Matt (who is a good friend, is in our canvas group, and always serves here) & Caleb.
A friend of mine and Michelle’s here at Kairos wrote this on her blog recently, and I was challenged by it.
As Michelle has said about her in the past — ‘that girl is insightful’ .
“…spiritual health and emotional health are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other, they are codependent. We can walk around giving the illusion that we are righteous, bible reading, prayer-filled, spiritually healthy people but we know if God where to turn us inside out and reveal to the world the emotional diseases that we carry, we wouldn’t be holding our spiritual heads so high. In the same way when we live our lives with our emotional diseases visible to the world and do nothing about it, all we have to offer is rotten spiritual fruit.”
A great quote from Tim Keller on the need for evangelicals in the city and urban areas. Some of this I think is obvious, but maybe not as much as I assume…
“We have to have Christians and churches everywhere, but the fact is that evangelical churches are the least urban loving churches or religious communities in the land. Jews, Muslims, Catholics are all much more represented in the city than evangelicals. White evangelicals don’t really like the cities and I cant help but feel that we don’t like being around those who are not like us. If evangelicals have a chance they get out of urban areas as fast as they can.”
“But the city is so strategic because it where the poor are when they 1st come here to this country. It is also where students and young professionals live before they get married and move out to the rest of the country. It is so crucial, that if we do not have really vital Christian communities in the major cities in the world, we simply will not be reaching the world for Christ.”