Well I am back from my travels. We traveled over 3000 miles in a little more than a week, but it was worth every mile. We saw friends and family and tried to smell the honeysuckle every chance we had. I surrounded myself with those I love, and those who have loved me and shown it in so many ways. Now we pack up our belongings for a new adventure — a new city, new home, new friends, and to begin anew. Still, I know that fountain I just visited is always there for my nurture. I can never lose it.
Luis gave his usual excellent sermon Sunday. Even during stewardship season he tried to avoid talking about money, but he couldn’t completely avoid it given the text. His sermon reminded of a statement made by novelist Isabel Allende who said,” You only have what you give. it is by spending yourself that you become rich.”
As we clean out our house in DC and discard excess stuff we have accumulated over the years, I cannot help but analogize the steps we are taking in preparing for the move with those that I need to make in my life. I don’t need to cling to anything anymore. I have grown to understand that what is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if we don’t give it away? It is in giving that we connect with others, with the world, and with God.