When this porch first opened 4 years ago, Daisy and I didn’t know what to expect. We had ideas of what we wanted, and what we didn’t want this place to be. We weren’t really sure of which direction to go in. All we knew is that we were tired of the same ol’ same, and wanted something different, and a place away from all the messes going on in our country and world. Not to bury our heads and hide,but to find rest and happiness, even for just a little while each day. More importantly though, we wanted to honor the Lord here, and share more about Him because He is over all the messes, all the politics, social junk- and at the end of the day, He is all that matters.
We wanted to be a good witness of Him, and in many ways I think we were. I hope for my part I have been even though my human nature has reared it’s bratty head every now and then.
There have been a lot of changes in my life, and I know everyone’s had plenty of their own too. A lot of us went through major changes during our times on this porch. Everything from a death of friends or family; Lawngren, Daisy and I all lost our dad’s. TX lost his Grampa. Each of us have been touched in different ways with hard things, but one constant through all of it,is the willingness of folks to pray for each other and give comfort through all circumstances. We’ve held each other up, given an ear, or a shoulder, and most of all, love.
Changes are not always easy, especially when you know you’re not the only one that change is going to effect. Personally I hate change, and am tired of change. But life is going to be full of them. One thing I love about the Lord is that He never changes!
For today’s porch photo, I had to put the old porch from the swamp up one more time, as it’s one place I have missed so much over the years. But the comfort, peace and blessing from that porch have drifted into this one, and it’s made the year’s changes a little easier to take. But I am going to miss this place almost as much.
I don’t want this post today to be long or heavily worded because I don’t think it’s a good bye, but more of a see you later type of change- and most of you I will probably see in e mail later today anyway! But I know. It won’t be the same. That is going to be hard, and I am really going to miss this place. You guys have made this a sweet place, and it’s been a blessing every day, whether after a hard day at work, or on a day off, to see folks hanging out here. I’ve known all of you, some longer than others, but all of you from before this place, and it’s been a joy getting to know you as brothers and sisters here too.
I know each of you, but from personal relationships developed here with each of you, I am honored to count you as siblings, and more so, friends. Thank you all for making this porch a bit of light, when times haven’t been so bright, encouragement when we’ve all needed some. I appreciate those folks who’ve come and gone, and come again, who’ve visited briefly, and those who’ve joined quietly, preferring to stay in the shadows. I hope all of you have been as blessed as I’ve been here.
I am so thankful to the Lord for giving my sweet sister and friend Daisy and I the opportunity to try something I think the world needs more of. Thank You Lord for giving us this place to gather, to teach, learn, love and forgive, and hopefully glorify and honor You.
I think God will find something for each of us away from this porch, if we look to Him for opportunities. We can go out there and be as we have tried to be here. Loving folks, with truth and salt, encouragement and forgiveness, and seeing that while we have differences with others, we are all open to listen to each other.
This isn’t good bye.
It’s an unfolding story that will continue.
love you all.
PS. Yes, this is an open porch, but if you have any special memories or favorite things from this place, I’d love to hear them.