Today is a special day for me in that I left Colorado Springs to come to Monadnock Ministries (MBC) one year ago. I remember vividly the roller coaster of emotions I experienced driving all of our belongings across the country with my dear friend, Gary Coy. The hope of a new beginning for our family mixed with the fears of the unknown as I took over leadership of a camp.
As I reflect on this past year and all the surprises God has brought our way personally and as a ministry, I am grateful. I am grateful for the community that Monadnock Ministries is. I am grateful for the safe place to do life with other believers. I am grateful for many of you.
I have also come to the realization that MBC is “home away from home” for many of you.
What does home mean?
Obviously, home means something different for each of us based on our experiences. I have come to the realization over my years that home is more than a shelter for my family and our belongings.
Home is a place where we do life together.
Home for the Holidays
This sentiment definitely took on new meaning for us recently as a camp when we hosted our free event, Home for the Holidays. We would not usually associate words like death and loss with the Holidays but it’s exactly those thematic elements that we unpacked during our Home for the Holiday event.
For those walking through difficult circumstances the holidays can bring very painful emotions and situations to walk through.
The choice…face it alone or together.
Henri Nouwen writes, “”I had been received with open arms, given all the attention and affection I could ever hope for, and offered a safe and loving place to grow spiritually as well as emotionally. Everything seemed ideal. But precisely at that time, I feel apart – as if I needed a safe place to hit bottom.”
Let’s be honest, we all need a safe place to hit bottom.
It’s not if you will experience pain and loss, but when loss and pain hit how you will respond.
It’s not maybe you will experience loss, but how you will cope when loss comes knocking on your door.
It’s not whether you want to avoid the storms of life, but how you will weather through the storms of life.
Do you have a safe place to hit bottom?
1 Peter 1:3-9 reminds us that, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Our Living Hope
I love the fact that our only true inheritance is kept in Christ Jesus. He keeps it safe and undefiled and where is it kept? Our final home in Heaven.
At Monadnock Ministries our hope is that until you come face to face with Christ Himself that you would have an ally in the journey as you step out in faith each and every day. We are not just here for the fun and games and “respites” of life but even more so for the hard times. We are here to provide a safe place…
Please know that whatever you face, He has you and you have a safe place now and in the future to come here at Monadnock. For me it has been, Monadnock or Bust.