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Friday, June 17, 2005

community responsibility
Cindy Just left my place this morning at 6 am for Romania. Where she will be spending 10 days doing voluntary work a few days traveling and hiking following which she will go pick up Elizabeth and take here to walk the the camino de Santiago de compostela.

I have been thinking about this a lot this week. What this means for cindy, what she has taken on. What this means for Elizabeth and what it means for us as a community.

For Cindy, she has taken on an amazing responsibility. Emotionally, Physically, Spiritually and Financially. What is are part in supporting and helping her? For Elizabeth This is an AMAZING time. She is 12. The exact age that in the Jewish community they would have a coming of age ceremony. For us as a community I think we have a part. I think through this not only will it be significant and life changing for both cindy and Elizabeth but also for us a community/church/family that God is knitting together. When I was thinking about this the other day I saw this picture of Cindy and Elizabeth walking up the hill and all around them were just our hands. Hands of people from Australia (where cindy is from and Elizabeth was born, hands from California, Texas, Prague, Switzerland, Germany, England and Orkney, young hands and old hands. ) Some of the hands where on their backs like actually supporting as they were climbing this huge hill, others were just all around, but there were many many hands.

In January I was part of a party that Tamsin and Mark through for their eldest daughter’s 11th birthday. Tilly was the only person there under 20. And it was clear that as Tilly was growing up she needed more than her parents but others to help guide her. The gifts were words and vision and prayer and friendship and commitment that day. But for me I started thinking about what responsibility we really do have to the children in our circle.

There is a jewish website that has a whole section on life cycles and the coming of age ceremony. Some of you might want to go there. We all know that adolescence is a major turning point. I certainly don’t want to go back to age 12-15! YUCK. But I also think that it doesn’t have to be that bad. And I just have this feeling that God wants to do something special this summer through this camino.
[5:22 AM] 4 comments

 

4 Comments:

hey there, I love what you are saying about community and its really interesting to see how God is moving so many people to embrace the Jewish culture and all that has been lost from the first century church. Great stuff, I'll definitely be checking out that website.

By Blogger nini, at 9:41 AM  

hey there, I love what you are saying about community and its really interesting to see how God is moving so many people to embrace the Jewish culture and all that has been lost from the first century church. Great stuff, I'll definitely be checking out that website.

By Blogger nini, at 9:41 AM  

yeah! Mazel tov, Elizabeth!

that's cool Shannon, we like that. And yeah, I agree it doesn't have to be so confusing, navigating it all by yourself with nothing but your own peers who are just as confused. It should be transformational!

By Anonymous Amy C., at 1:44 PM  

Thank you Shannon. Lovely vision of the hands. As Debbie posted they conquerored Windmill Hill. Must be the praying hands at work. Please everyone pray for wisdom for Cindy and that the Lord will do wonderful things through Elizabeth in reaching the lost on this pilgrimage. She is going to attract a lot of attention. such a beautiful child of God.

By Anonymous fleur blick, at 2:53 AM  

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