In The Episcopal Church Year, this is the last week of Easter. Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the birth of the church.
Easter is celebrated for 50 days and each day we remember that Christ rose up from the grave, conquering death forever. Each day is a reminder of the many resurrections in our own lives.
St. Agnes’ House experiences many resurrections, both as a ministry and among our guests. On Monday, a call came from a hospital chaplain asking if we had a room for a couple from out of state. Shane, in his late 30s with short brown hair and medium height, was being discharged, but needed to stay close to the hospital for at least a few days. His wife, Donna, tall, in her late 30s with long, full brown hair, was with him. The couple needed to change their bus tickets back home, because their original plans were scuttled when Shane ended up in the hospital.
They’d come to visit Shane’s grandmother, who resided in a care facility. They were able to stay with her for two days, but no longer. The loving act of taking a long bus ride to visit their grandmother, ended much differently than they’d planned.
Fortunately, and thanks to your donations and ongoing prayers, we had a room. Shane is feeling much better and he and Donna will be able to take the long bus ride home this weekend. Meanwhile, they are blessing us and the other guests by cleaning every nook and cranny.
We plan our lives and yet each day, those plans die. Things change…AND there is always resurrection and something new!
Enjoy our view from the porch!