So long dear Hazelwoods…..
2 Kings 2:9-11The Voice (VOICE)
9 After the two had made it to the other side of the Jordan, Elijah spoke to Elisha.
Elijah: Tell me what it is you would like me to do for you before I am taken away from you.
Elisha: Please, I wish to receive a double portion of your spirit. As your successor, I want to have twice the portion of your power.
Elijah: 10 What you have requested of me is challenging…..
I heard a great man speak on how EliJah was probably thinking, “….what you requested of me is challenging not because God is limited in His giving it to you but because in this gifting, as many highs as there are…. there are equally deep lows… and you EliSha want double?..Well then, you better be able to hang in there till the end. Hold on tight…”
Anyone who has had a passion understands it…
Anyone who has followed a calling feels this resonate…
Anyone who has a ministry nods knowingly at this…
With this Sunday Dinner we have people who come from all over the world. Each person touches our lives and we are forever changed. It is amazing the travel our dining room has done as the stories are brought back and shared over soup or grilled chicken. We have traveled to the refugee camps of Iraq… and the street corners of Cape Town South Africa. Our table holds many stories. Our hearts hold many people.
Some stay for a meal… some stay for a year or more…some become “core”.
Sunday Dinner has brought people we fall in love with.
We fall in love with people and it is beautiful.
But it is hard. So hard.
And I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
As we loose another extra special Sunday Dinnerer to their calling and the adventure He has for them… and my heart breaks yet again to loose such a special friend…. I am reminded of what He said over a year ago when I felt a loss…
“….because I want you to know I am right here. I am in the amazing soaring parts. I am in the sad parts. I am in the happy parts. I am in the achy parts. and. I . am. in. the. healing. I am right here the whole time. “
He is a good good God.
That great sermon also spoke on How God always gives us off ramps… and I agree. I can see all the times He said…”if you don’t want to… you don’t have to.” Had I taken any of those off ramps I would have missed so much. My heart would have been saved so many breaks but it never would have grown so much. He is a good good God.. and His adventures are worth it to soar with eagles.