Mimi and I got a call on Monday morning from our friend Lattimore. He called to say that he "had just finished cutting his grass." This is not the usual cause for celebration for most us and certainly rarely merits informing others (though I do think my neighbors might want to call and celebrate when I get around to cutting my own grass). But for Lattimore (see August 2 posting), a friend who is making the difficult transition from homelessness to having a home, this is a huge celebration. Through an organization in Durham called Second Chance, he now has a home that he shares with 3 other adults.
I would love for you to join us in celebrating this wonderful news. Lattimore's friendshp has taught our family so much about difficulties and challenges of poverty. He has freely shared his pain, mistakes, temptations, and joys with our whole family. We have been utterly challenged and blessed by his friendship. We have seen the indignity that comes with homelessness through his eyes. We have seen many examples of generosity through the friendshp and support he has received in our community and in our fellowship. I have always felt that the gospel makes so much more sense in the context of poverty and pain. And I have felt that that poverty and pain provide the greatest opportunities to embody and proclaim the gospel. Lattimore's life and experiences have made the gospel real, challenging, infuriating, and refreshing to us this summer.
Congratuations Lattimore! May your grass grow continually! (And your joy in tending to its needs never cease!).