I’m sure you’ve seen signs in businesses over the years asking forgiveness for their remodeling, renovations, repairs. “Pardon the dust—just don’t write in it!” Stuff like that.
It’s about to get a little crazy around here. We have new roofing project for the Community House scheduled to start sometime around the first week of August. We are replacing the shingle roof on the main building and the flat roof on the educational wing.
It’s going to get a little “dusty” around here as we take on the project. And because this is a significant expense, you can expect a little capital campaign to kickstart the project. We’ll be coming back to you on this during August. Everybody please ante-up to ease this burden on our capital expenses.
It’s not like we didn’t get a full life out of either roof. Both of them are totally shot, and the nearest recollection we have about the shingle roof was a replacement in the 80’s. It’s been a while and here we are again. The joys of an old building!
Even in the heat of the summer, I try to stay on track with my morning devotionals (in the cool of the morning, thank you very much!) It helps keep me grounded. Oswald Chambers said something like “routine is what saves us between moments of inspiration.” So I hope you’re still doing yours, too.
I know I’ve told you that I read Philip Newell every day—his prayer book Praying with the Earth is one of my favorites. I quote him a lot so forgive me…here we go again. Thursday morning’s prayer is all about renewal. Maybe even a new roof. New start. Renovation. Daily renewal with life in Jesus Christ.
I love it so much because it’s a great reminder of forgiveness—permission to start again—new—every day. Every. Day.
We wake to the forgiveness of a new day. We wake to the freedom to begin again. We wake to the mercy of the sun’s redeeming light. Always new always gift always blessing. We wake to the forgiveness of this new day.