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Coming into focus

Well, kind of!
Since we did not have a firm ‘next spot’ lined up and Gary is really, really awful at sitting around, he got started on a new project here at the church.
He’ll be upgrading the lights in the sign to LED’s and it (the sign) will get a good cleaning at the same time. (Pretty sure that part of the project is on my job list!). While he waits for the bulbs to come in, he’ll start on painting all the baseboard in the rooms we already painted. It’s possible I’ll put on my paint clothes and give him a hand with that, but since this is officially our week off AND my doctor nephew sent out another SOS for face masks…….Yep, the sewing wins again!
The good news is I found a source for elastic (Atwoodrope.com)and my order should be here by Thursday. Meanwhile I’m perfecting the technique to add the elastic at the end, but still have it all neat and tidy! It’s coming right along!

As of this afternoon we’ve nailed down a spot for us to park in Tennessee once the projects here are wrapped up. We’re pretty happy about that! But still, we are holding even that loosely! Because who really knows what tomorrow will bring! Instead we will say – “If the LORD wills….”

Stay safe and keep washing those hands!!

PS – Today’s Random Header is of Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)

Learning to hold it loosely

I believe we are all learning the fine art of holding things loosely. In the pre-COVID-19 world we would have been leaving over the weekend to go visit our kids and grands in Ohio.  The goal was to help out our son finish off a new bedroom and bathroom in their basement for their oldest daughters in anticipation of the arrival of a new baby due in early June.

We were really looking forward to not only being able to help, but to just spend some time with those kiddos.
“Stay at Home” orders meant we had to let go of those plans.

After that we’d planned to head off to our May SOWER project in the mountains of eastern Tennessee, where we were looking forward to working with SOWER friends that we hadn’t seen in a while.
But using an ‘abundance of caution’ our ministry has cancelled all of our May projects and asked us to shelter in place if possible. We’ve had to let the pleasant thought of working with friends go.

So far our June project is still on, but like so many  small businesses, our ministry partners are struggling too.  All retreats and activities have been cancelled through April, and many through May. Even Summer Camping Programs are in question. No one can really say what June will look like, so whether or not they will want us to come is still to be determined. We don’t know what June will bring.

And then there’s July. Last summer we scheduled a big family reunion at The Cabin for the middle of July. Everyone was on board, and plans were in the works. Way back in early March one of our sons asked if I thought this coronavirus thing was going to impact The Reunion. Of course not, was my firm reply. It’s way off in July! And yet, here we are in mid-April and July is looking just a little bit iffy. Oh, it’s too early to tell, and we are certainly moving forward with plans…..

but we are holding those plans loosely.

Perhaps these are lessons we need to apply regardless of a Global Pandemic.  I’ve come to be believe that holding our plans loosely is what we are called to do –

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

Yes, that.