10 July 2014

Everything is changing, v. 1

In case you haven't heard, Josh and I are headed on quite the adventure to Berlin.  (Insert ecstatic squeals and a mild panic attack here.)  If all goes as planned, we will have raised our monthly support and be headed overseas by the end of next year.  I am starting to grasp how soon that is, how little time we may have left in Chicago. 


Our first three years of marriage have been beautifully interrupted by change after change within these city limits.  We have grown.  Our conceptions of community and love and hospitality and salvation have been reshaped by this bustling, transient culture, by the warmth of the people who call this city home.  I don't want to forget these days.


There is a sense of peace and steadiness here, in our community.  I am learning that hospitality is not an event, but a mindset.  It is the daily re-opening of my eyes, heart, and home to others.  It is Kingdom-buildingIt is a wild chase, one which is taking us to another corner of the world.  New friends await us in Berlin, creative souls who may or may not have spoken to Jesus before.  That excites us.

We will continue to grow.  We will continue to learn how to give, and in a new city we will make our home.


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19 June 2014

Foy Vance

On Sunday, Josh and I went to see NEEDTOBREATHE at the House of Blues. We were told that it would be like being in the eye of a hurricane, and it was. What an incredible evening of dancing and singing! "You will leave with your clothes in ribbons and your hearts on the stage." I have to tell you, though, before the South Carolinian brothers even stepped foot on stage, our hearts were stolen away.

via alyssa joy photography

The opening artist was an Irish songwriter named Foy Vance. He emerged alone and seated himself in front of a keyboard. As the first thread of his lyrics rang across the venue, "The scenery's changing and it warms my soul," there was a tangible moment of stillness and awe.

Josh and I had the privilege of meeting Foy after the show. He was gracious, kind, and quietly engaging. "Vance is moved by the fractions of love and sentiment, giving himself over to the quiet deluge. His is a voice that rattles you and forces you to let it in so that you may all enjoy a dark room, a modest fire and something to toast with." Indeed we were rattled, and the chorus of his closing song is still humming in my head.

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