ABW Mission Trip- March 14

 devosgail and jenita
Today, as we are into our fifth day at Deborah’s House, we found the following quote meaningful: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” — Maya Angelou
The women and children we’ve met here are certainly becoming “beautiful butterflies”.
A reflection on scripture from Maren at the blog “Gifts in Open Hands” also spoke to us.
Road Trip
based on Isaiah 40: 3-5

We hear all the voices cry
for us to make a highway in the wilderness

and yet people in churches
are preoccupied with the toll booths,

and issue EZ passes
to those with particular beliefs,
sexual orientations, gender expressions,
educational levels, income,
ethnicity, race.

We give little attention to the need
for breakdown lanes,
easy shoulders, rest areas,
for those whose journey is hard,

and reinforce jersey barriers
that folks with beater-car lives
crash into,
or speed bumps
to slow the enthusiasm of children.

If God’s glory is to be revealed
to all people
on such a road trip –

then we are called to mark well
the unconditional love of merging traffic
less the exit ramps,
put up fewer signs for
low clearance, divided way,
dead end,
more – share the road.

Laundry Time at Deborah’s House
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