Judy and I are preparing for a move from 2300 square feet to 816 square feet. For those who have gone through substantial downsizing, they know it is on the traumatizing side of things. Decisions about family heirlooms, furniture, etc. are not easy. This is even harder when you must leave your home of over 15 years and see it go back to the bank. Honestly, though, this is not the most fundamental change we are going through.
We finally decided to enter a senior, income controlled, facility found by one of our daughters, and only 5 miles away. During my worker priest years, I was in a great many of these type of facilities. Dorchester Court is by far the nicest I have ever visited. Thank you, Jesus.
The most startling happening, however, is the roll reversal and overflowing love being shown by our children, neighbors,and my sister. All of the kids have already visited our space, before we have signed the contract (which happens in about an hour). They all loved it, and have been telling us why in great detail. Even most of our grand children have seen it. They plan to move us in. They are replacing most of our furniture (much of which they helped to wear out over the years). Our neighbors, especially two of them, continue to help maintain the present grounds, and us sometimes. Both are sad to see us leave, but glad for our safer and more affordable space, as both of them have endured hard time in the past. One neighbor knew that my laptop had become a desk top with a bad screen, attached to an old used monitor. He surprised us last week telling us that he had found a working screen, and even a better battery for my Mac, and then yesterday installed both. I now have a working laptop again.
How good is God’s provenance, especially when you have no real idea how you will survive in your new circumstances. Great is our God, and greatly to be praised. The demonstration of love shone us by relatives, church members, and neighbors would, I believe, make an improbable story if written in a book in today’s American culture.
This story is our reality, and makes my eyes water. Thank you all. Next week I go in for the last of my stints on my heart (I hope this is the last). My blogging may be irregular for several weeks. Happy Labor Day weekend, and God’s blessings be on you all.