The Last Two Weeks

Our house is returning to normal…whatever that is. The last two weeks of having the Brazilians in the house was crazy busy. They spent a few days in Arkansas, Amy spent a few days in Canada, I spent a few days in therapy.

The night before they left was pretty special. We grilled steaks, had one last family meal with all 9 of us around the table and told stories and laughed. Toward the end of the meal, Eduardo presents to us this model boat. At first, I’m thinking – this is odd. I don’t collect boats. I’m not really a boat guy. But it’s the thought so…

The he says to us: “Thank you for allowing us to get on this boat and take this adventure with your family. Who opens up their home and lets another family live in it for three months? And feeds them and gets them into school and the grocery store and gives them the biggest TV in the house? Who is crazy enough to do this?”

Marthina is now crying. And I admit – it was a bad speech, Eduardo has had better, but it wasn’t that bad of a speech. Then I realized it was about the speech. They signed the boat, we put the dates of their stay with us on it. IT was a moment.

Then Eduardo prayed Ephesians 4 over our family.

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Eduardo next said words that you love to hear but you’re pretty sure you don’t really deserve it.

He tells us that we have shown them Jesus and this “one family” verse in real life.

That’s pretty humbling.



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