As many of you know, our journey has been long. Many of you have laughed with us, cried with us, prayed with and for us over these past few years. It’s been a battle just to get to this point. This morning I was reminded of a poem one of our best friends read over us about a year ago. I wanted to share this poem with you now, as our journey has continued to sew its truths deep into our hearts. “Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you…”
With each new day God continues to bring more pieces together for our family as we prepare to move. Our family heads to North Carolina at the beginning of October for a month-long cross cultural transition training that, we believe, will set us up well for a healthy transition to Italy and longevity on the field. Once our training is complete, we simply need our visas in hand and 100% of our monthly budget pledged and then we can move. Visas are in process and we’re currently at 74% of our monthly budget. We are getting close!
Above all, trust in the slow work of God
we are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet is the law of all progress
that is is made by passing through
some stages of instability-
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually- let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ