In my morning’s spiritual reading, I read Saint Francis de Sales asking us to imagine doves in the sky flying with different colors. Then he quotes King David in the book of Psalms, “Even while you sleep among campfires, the wings of my dove are sheathed with silver, its feathers with shining gold” (Psalms 68:13)
Then I get a text message from one of the parents from Sacred Heart where I used to do ministry at. It said they were thinking of me as they leave this morning for their high school conference to Steubenville. I definitely experienced a mix of strong emotions. One to start is I love that trip on several levels: 1) witnessing the youth we’ve worked with at the church over the school year experience the Holy Spirit in a different, deeper, powerful way 2) being goofy in the car rides there and back and at meals 3) bonding from the first two points. Just last year, I paid cash inside for gas and then forgot to pump the gas. Also last year, one of the kids slept under the stairs like Harry Potter #epic #whyIloveKids
But what really got me about the text is the encouragement I received. I definitely experience sadness to be separated from a place I loved so much and now being a sort of lone Ranger at this point in the journey. I’m also packing up my belongings to finish the sale on my house next week. But this text encourages me as I feel like I’m in the Fellowship of the Rings where we may have separated from our team, but we’re still united in the fight and still think of each other.
And packing up my belongings and moving on from selling my home is hard. Very hard. But I’m not supposed to get overly attached to a church or home as we need to leave these behind to be ready for our true home in heaven. And where I can be reunited with the parents and youth I loved doing ministry with. Heaven where we’ll see the Holy Spirit as a dove with more colors than all the colors we had on earth.
Going vulnerable and transparent today,