A few events have me reflecting on where we are at right now:
- This month is the fifth anniversary of this blog. I haven’t been as consistent in sharing my thoughts here as I was in the early days, but the thoughts I’ve shared and comments of others have made this a significant part of our journey. I don’t agree with everything I’ve written, yet I know that much of what we are doing in Austin is shaped by ideas that formed as I typed these words. If I can find the time, I’m going to highlight a few posts from the archives that continue to shape how we are thinking and living today.
- This month is also the one year anniversary of our move to Austin. With that, I’m preparing another letter to mail out to our prayer and financial partners later this month. That’s left me reflecting on how the dreams that we shared a year ago are taking shape now. (If you’re not on our mailing list, let me know and I’ll add you.)
- Last week our family made a return visit to Seattle. It was good to spend time with familiar faces (though there were far too many of you we didn’t get to see in our brief visit). Of course, there was the constant question about how things are going or how we are doing. And in the midst of those conversations, I found myself very aware of the point of this post…
We are right were we need to be. We began a journey 5-6 years ago after spending a decade in the same place. It’s been a long season with a lot of transition…some of it hard, some of it fun, but most of it is beautiful in reflection. But out of all that thinking, praying, dreaming, wondering, and aching, I feel like God has brought us to the place we were being pointed toward.
That’s not to say we’ve arrived. Not at all. We are merely at the starting point of another journey. But it’s one that God has been shaping us for. I’m sure there is more thinking, praying, wondering, wondering, and aching ahead, but it will be done out of a defined context of shaping this church community in this place at this time.
Thanks for being part of what brought us here.