Home Again in a New Place

Thursday, May 22

Painting by  Vera Entwistle

Painting by
Vera Entwistle

By Vera Entwistle of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

—Romans 8:28 NRSV

We adopted Aaron when he was 2 weeks old. Once old enough to understand, we told him about his adoption. We encouraged him to find his birth mother. But for years, he showed no interest. Then, two years ago, he did his search and found her living in Greeley, Colorado. He and his family traveled to the USA to meet her.

What thrilled Aaron even more than meeting his birth mother was meeting his half-brother, Ty. Aaron and Ty bonded. The result was that after returning to Australia, Aaron told us he wanted to take his family to live in Colorado. However, he would not move unless his dad and I would agree to come, too. So here we are! Aaron built a bridge between two families. His birth mother and I are now good friends.

Our move to Fort Collins has been great. We knew that our friends, Dick and Julie, lived here and attended the Fort Collins Congregation. What we did not realize is how many other friends we know who retired here.

The Fort Collins Congregation lists itself as a “Welcoming Congregation” and members live up to that name. They welcomed us and put us to work quickly. We soon felt at home. Our mission center president was just as welcoming, involving us in mission service, too.

Any concerns we had about leaving our home of 30 years in Australia and returning to the USA are gone. It is good to be “home” again—part of another loving family and congregation.

Prayer for Peace Loving God, we are thankful for family and friends, far and near. Help us also welcome the stranger and share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Offering Blessings of Community Receive and share Blessings of Community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, and people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life. What blessings flow to you from these circles? How do you feel the love of the community?

Reflect, pray, or write in your journal about the call to be “Community of Christ.” Go deeper each day as you discover what act of blessing you can complete.

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will connect with an old friend, and express how valued the person is.

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