New year, new blog, first post.

“The place He gives us to inhabit,
The few things He gives us to do in that place.
The persons He invites us to know there.
These our days,
our lingering…”

Zack Eswine’s new book Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being has been a favorite around our home as of late. Writing from a posture of weakness, Eswine draws from his personal experience in pastoral ministry resulting in a read that is at once raw, challenging and applicable to our present season.

As we recover and reminisce from the year and look to the next it’s with uncertainty and excitement…and a peace knowing that this time in St. Louis, LIFE in St. Louis, is what we’re called to do. It’s not a high and lofty life (aka, “sexy celeb ministry”) but it’s one we love because it’s real.

We won’t gloss over the grit nor only dwell on the hard things in life but simply to “learn His song here” in the day-to-day of our life here. Whether it’s teaching preschoolers to share a toy, editing the Sunday’s liturgy for the 10th time or managing to spend dinner together unencumbered by work, we strive to “carry on with what we’re made for.” Which is to love each other, one another and our Lord.

Read on,

Joelle and Luke

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“The place He gives us to inhabit,
The few things He gives us to do in that place.
The persons He invites us to know there.
These our days,
our lingering…”

It is enough then
this old work of hands
His and ours
to love here,
to learn His song here,

like crickets that scratch
and croon,
from nooks unseen,

carrying on with
what they were made for,
the night craft of
unnoticed faces,
with our wings unobserved,

until He walks again
in the cool of the day,
to call our names once more.

And we then,
with our stitched white flags,
will from behind His evergreens,
finally unhide ourselves,
unblushed with Him to stroll
once more.

– Zack Eswine, Remembering Our Purpose

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