Leaving Eve

September 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Psalm 91. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

A short while ago, I had no idea how we’d get to this moment. The Spirit has led, step by step. We’ve been borne aloft by blessings, and stand at the cusp of great adventure. A woman just walked up to me a moment ago with another donation. She’ll be coming through town early morning, right before we leave; another instance of the mysteriously perfect timing that has characterized this whole venture, from the crack of that tree to these final moments before we leave. Blessed.

One of our greatest blessings today was the help of the young Mormon missionaries, friends of ours from our travels about town. They came with two of their friends, like an army of kindness in white shirts and ties. Name tags read “Elder” followed by a last name. Beneath them were the faces of boys more mature than any I’ve known their age.

The whole time they loaded our boxes, moved our piano and maneuvered our bulky van in tight spaces, their genuine smiles radiated from within. They were a beautiful sight, to be honest with you. The emerged from their distantly parked truck at every stop saying things like, “We love this! This is what we like to do!” There were moments that I just wanted to chuckle with delight.

At the end of the day, we shared pizza with them at Baristas. I had no idea how much pizza four teen-aged boys needed, but there wasn’t a crumb that remained. We shared in fellowship, enjoying the crossing paths of our missions. They were so grown-up in their thinking that it was hard to remember that they were still just kids. Then, suddenly, one of the Elders attempted to eat a whole slice of pizza in one bite. As the others urged him on, my love for the boys outgrew its bounds. Their moment of playfulness uplifted me. We are going to stay in touch.

Pizza with the Elders from the Mormon Church

So many of our friends around here have reached out to us with gifts to support on this journey. I am so grateful to all of you who shared with us. You built this mission with your love and support, with your own goodness and desire to join in something good. I am grateful to each one of you. You go with us when we go.

So, here’s to the road! Here’s to adventure! Here’s to fellowship, and here’s to spreading the message of the Church. Come with us, friends. It’s going to be worth every mile.