A friend sent me a passage to encourage me this morning.  She sent me:  Mt 6:28-33

“See how the lilies of the filed grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet…not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more cloth you?  …Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”   (niv)

There are days and weeks that sometimes feel like we take two steps forward and three slips backwards.  There are days when sometimes it seems too tough and hiding seems like a more reasonable option.  Days when hope seems distant, and relationships seem beyond repair. Days when you can hardly hear one more job rejection for a single Dad, and still try to be positive and coach him tomorrow will be another day.   But even in those days, and sometimes those weeks of difficulty, pain and even darkness,  there are these moments of pure joy in  the quiet beauty of the little moments of grace and peace.

  • The gaze of love through the eyes of a toddler who though fighting to stay awake, is falling asleep in the middle of his play.
  • The fun series of pictures from a recent graduate, who sent photos of her daughter’s first slumber party in their new home.
  • The smile of a Mom just because she is glad to see you.
  • The servant’s heart from a man we frequently call for help with repairs around the day center.  He quietly came today and spent his morning fixing our screen door, and eating pears with one of the kids in the program.
  • The generous, unexpected check in the mail, that covers all day center expenses for one month.
  • The graduate call last night, from one who wishes to donate all the baby gifts and gear to Family Promise because her infant has already grown out of them.
  • The sharing of disappointments between graduates, and the honor of walking with people in the joy and sadness.
  • The story of an engagement for one graduate – single Dad and the hearing of it through many perspectives through the kids.
  • That unexplainable belly ache laughter when there is not really any reason!

These are the lilies in the field.  These are the reminders that God is at work in the midst of all, including all the other tough stuff, and that His glory will outshine it all.  So I am grateful to my friend who reminded me of these words of encouragement this morning.    I am grateful to each of you who also represent lilies in the field that make up the beautiful flowering meadow of Family Promise of Lawrence.