“For everything there is a season…a time to plant
and a time to pluck up what has been planted…
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance…”
The last couple months have been a season of plucking up what has been planted. I have spent the past 4 years deeply rooted in my church community in Philadelphia. Years of shared laughter and tears, worship and prayer, meals and trips have developed friendships so deep we truly have become family. Though I knew it would be difficult to leave a place and people I love so much, I was not prepared for how much it would hurt to uproot from all of this. A dear friend and fellow missionary stated it so well: “…all those things you’re moving away from are good things. And the very fact that it hurts mean you’ve loved well and done well there. Let yourself grieve.”
In May, I moved back to my hometown in the midwest to reconnect with family and friends and finish preparing to leave for Kenya in August. As I worked through the process of grieving, another mentor said to me, “You are brave.” The tears welled up once again as that sunk in. I didn’t feel brave. But that’s the point, isn’t it? You carry on even in the face of difficulty. Bravery.
5 weeks after I moved out of Philly, I had the opportunity to return for some friends’ weddings. Though I was nervous that going back would make it all the more difficult to say good-bye for a second time, the exact opposite was true. The Lord knew that a week of reconnecting with friends and visiting some of my favorite places would provide exactly the closure I needed on that chapter of my life in Philly. Philadelphia will always be a home to me, and now I am ready for the next adventure. The Lord has tilled the soil of my heart to prepare me for the next mission field where I will be planted. 37 days until I depart for Kenya!
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By His grace,
[The photo above is one of my favorite views of Philadelphia and was taken from a rooftop in Kensington July 2017.]