Hospitable Hearts

This week I have found myself reflecting on the immense amount of hospitality that has been shown to me over the last few years.  For the past three summers, three different families have taken me in and invited me to live with them, insisting I call their home my home.  These three different families in three different cities that all have one huge thing in common: their hearts are full of hospitality because their hearts are full in Christ.

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Remembering Justin

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly, and this year it comes with a heaviness for myself and many others.  One year ago, our good friend, Justin Woodard, was taken by the Lord early in the morning on Thanksgiving day.  I'll never forget the call I got later that morning informing me that there had been a car accident and that he was gone.  Gone.  As the fact sank in that I would never again see my friend Justin on this side of eternity, my heart hurt greatly... especially for those who were closer to him than I was.  Justin and I lived next door to one another on campus, were both on student leadership, and had only had the opportunity to have a couple of intimate conversations, but the impact that he had on my life was great.  And so this Thanksgiving, while I'm enjoying some time with family and giving thanks to God for all I've been blessed with, I will also continue to celebrate the life and love of my friend Justin.

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