A Soft Landing (Doesn’t that sound like a great novel?)

Hi friends!  Summer writing with three kids is hard.  Summer writing living at someone else’s house is hard.  Summer writing without knowing where you are landing is hard.  And apparently, I need roots, a sense of place, and oh ya,a wifi.

 

But….We’ve finally landed…and after the bumpy ride, graciously, the landing has been soft.  And yup, we’ve learned once again, lived once again that “His steadfast love endures forever.”

 

Can you hear it whispered over each one of these answers to a year of prayer? His steadfast love endures forever.

 

Andrew is now installed at the Anglican Church of North America’s provincial center in Ambridge, PA. And yes, after years of yearning to witness the larger Anglican communion in action, He’s going to Nairobi, to GAFCON NEXT MONTH!  And of course Andrew says: His steadfast love endures forever.

 

God has mixed up in Andrew a healthy dose of 10 years of priesthood, an amazing skill with words kneaded into him through Calvin College’s philosophy program and stirred in years of running a communications/marketing/web development firm and voila: Director of Communications for ACNA.  All the ingredients have now come together in service to our beloved church.  (Can you hear it again? I’m moment by moment wading through the thickness of answers to prayer. His steadfast love endures forever.)

 

Andrew got word from the province Wednesday August 14th and on August 16th we drove the four hours from Reading, PA to Pittsburgh, PA and zigzagged over town to six landlord appointments from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.  Our first appointment? An apartment in quaint Sewickley, PA had just come down in rent $200 and put us 10 minutes from the office and smack dab in the middle of a lovely walkable community with an excellent elementary school with a full beautiful soccer field.

 

We moved in Saturday, the kids started school on Tuesday and we have an ice cream shop two blocks from our house: Sewickley Confectionary.  Can you hear it? I know my kids are thinking it: His steadfast love endures forever. And after I took one look at the most beautiful library I’ve ever seen two blocks away, each time I walk through the doors I say, His steadfast love endures forever.

 

The journey? A long 10 weeks of summer full of the joy of living with my mom and dad, occasional nights of the pressing doubts and eye-stinging fear and always trying to stay clutching onto the faithfulness of God.  And now on the other side? I have seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

And yes, His steadfast love endures forever.

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8 Comments

  1. Amen! I got goosebumps reading this! I’m so glad to hear about His faithfulness and the way He continues to provide for you. It was so good spending time with you guys this summer. Praying that the transition continues to be laced with blessings and joy!

  2. Wow! Summer…and “any flavor you want” nearly next door. Can’t beat that! Your post really moved me. Truly a marvelous testimony to His faithfulness…and yours. May I share it with our parish in toto using hyperlink or by forwarding your e-mail? Please let me know. Love to your all.

  3. I am so happy for you all. Sounds like a dream community to live & work in. Your family is an awesome addition to your new town. Wishing you the best of luck and still missing you all back here in South Haven. (((hugs)))

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