“When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” Luke 14: 12-14a
Our family is extraordinarily blessed to have a small, three-bedroom “house” in our backyard. Over the years we have been very privileged to have people of many kinds live with us here as they recover from setbacks and move toward what God has for them next. Sick people who have been discharged from the local hospital but still have no place to rest, homeless families looking for jobs or a means of support, friends who have quickly become like family... all of them looking for Jesus, looking for love. People have been loved to new life here, and some have been loved straight into the arms of Jesus.
Beauty from ashes. I don’t just know it to be true, I get to live it. We get to watch redemption take place in the lives of those we love. We get to reach out and touch it; we get to be a part of it. God doesn’t need us. We need Him. I breathe long and deep all that God is doing in this place, all that He is allowing me to participate in. My heart swells with gratitude, with deep, unshakable joy. What gladness to sit and partake of this transformation, this beauty from ashes!
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