A cold start to the month.  My Weather Channel app promises a change to come this weekend, but as of noon on May first, we still have the heat on at the Day Center.

On my way to work yesterday, I noticed 2 beautiful red tulips growing right next to the curb of an intersection near my house.  This beautiful vibrant pair of tulips have been in my mind for the past couple of days.  They have me reflecting of how creation and beauty is all around us, including in unlikely places, if we have the eyes to see it.  Sometimes things can seem rather dark and hopeless.  Sometimes it feels like winter is the season of life that drags on and on.  Sometimes we need reminders of hope and beauty in unlikely street corners.

Many of the people of the Family Promise network act as beams of light and beacons of hope towards the lives of people in a difficult and painful situation of homelessness.  Night after night, meal after meal, story after story,  people share their lives with others and beam light, hope, love into lives of people they did not know before.  Morning after morning, over a cup of coffee in the day center, staff listens to these stories of friendship and relationship and hope and trust, and love experienced in places that the guests did not expect.  And these stories shared of relationship and trust, of love and hope are as beautiful and surprising as the 2 vibrant red tulips growing next to the curb on an intersection in Lawrence near my home.

I am grateful for those in our network that give of their lives, service, finances and prayers to be bright red vibrant tulips of hope in unlikely places.

“For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”  Ps 57:10-11 (niv)