Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
— Jesus, Matthew 11.28-30
Sometimes I think to myself, “I must be doing this wrong.” And by sometimes I mean rather frequently ever since my latter teen years. The statement from Jesus (above) is essentially him replying to that thought with a wonderfully encouraging, “Yup.”
I’ve been praying that passage from Matthew for the past few months and it’s been incredibly reorienting. Ambitions, dreams, ideas, fears, and desires quickly become the alter where I pray to God. And the fruit of this is anxiety. It’s a shallow comfort (though comfort nonetheless) to know I’m not alone in this. I see it in the majority of Christians. And as the old adage goes, it takes one to know one.
Our ability to identify things in other peoples lives is only made possible by our ability to identify with those things (hence, “Do not judge lest you be judged” – Jesus, Matthew 7.1).
This is only one of the many reasons we are moving to Santa Clara.
Portland, we miss you already. Your weirdness, honesty, sincerity, and openness will stay with us always. Our neighbors here have made our lives rich and sweet. We love you and hope to return one day.
Santa Clara, here we come! We can’t wait to see how our lives unfold together as we welcome our son and many growing friendships who share a bright view of the future. Thanks for welcoming us the way you have!
I know it seems like we just moved to Portland and that’s because we did. But things change.
Essentially, we moved here because of Ryan and Shelly Brown. Geez. They are just two of the most wonderful, inspiring, kind, warm, accepting, encouraging, and loving a schlub like me can find. Now, they’re moving to Spokane, WA for a truly superb opportunity that couldn’t be more fitting for them. We’re excited and happy for them, but Spokane is a little far for us. Things change. Thank God for Facetime.
The wonderful folks at Valley Life Center in Santa Clara invited us to come start our family with them while also be a part of what’s going on there with the hopes of developing an internship/residency program emphasizing on a contemplative focus. It is literally the dream job. And the faith community depicts so well what Shawna and I have hoped to find. We couldn’t have seen this coming. But things change. It’s impossible to emphasize enough how excited we are to learn to be parents in this new community. The timing couldn’t be better. We’re extremely grateful. Thank you Brook & Autumn Fonceca and Stu & Jendy Nice! We’re overflowing with gratitude, hope, and joy.
So, seven month pregnant Shawna and I are on the road with our deaf dog Kitty, taking the scenic route (in more ways than one), and journeying to our new home (in more ways than one). Our Instagrams will be ablaze; as will our hearts. The adventure continues. Things change. And then the adventure continues.
We’re looking forward to being nearer to friends and family with our baby. We’re looking forward to the peacefulness that we feel drawing us into this new season. We’re looking forward to Love unfolding and growing and incarnating within our lives more and more.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.
— Jesus, John 14.27