and allow the world to revolve around us.
Some people might even pat us on the back and say things like “after living in Nepal, you deserve this peace and quiet”.
And we might actually believe that.
A lot of late night chats have ensued as we lay in bed.
Conversation that generally follows this pattern:
felt the love of Christ from our neighbors,
and carried each others burdens.
that neighborhood where we saw poverty
but where we experienced people pull together in a communal spirit
like nothing we had never experienced before.
that neighborhood where kids and friend stopped by our house each day,
because community was more important than personal space.
yeah, that’s the neighborhood we can’t shake…
B: can we use your in-laws pool for a baptism?
and wants to get baptized, like now.
as I witnessed these boys from this rough place,
embracing Miguel in these manly hugs, tattoo on tattoo.
Speaking words of life over him.
Replacing the lies with truth everlasting,
and I thought why? why would I ever choose to live somewhere else
when I get to witness the living God right here in this place?
Watching one boy, precious in the eyes of God, give his life to the Creator.