The time is soon coming for Terry to board a bus, travel home, and be reunited with his family. He told me once, “I’ll miss you guys,” which while sincere, was also part of the process he was wrestling with – the fear of letting go and the fear of moving foward into the unknown. It has taken Terry a long time to get to this point, and we rejoice in his efforts to move forward. Sara Groves, one of my favorites, sings a beautiful version of a timeless hymn, “Come thou fount.” Some of the lyrics hit home for Terry’s life:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; Prone to leave the God I love; Prone to hear you and not heed you; Prone to scorn you in your love. O to grace how great a debtor, Daily I’m constrained to be! Let thy goodness like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
It is not for us to jedge Terry, but to love him. Nor is it for us to look the other way, but to reach out to him, pray for him, feed him, cloth him, bless him. Terry wants to do business with the Lord before he leaves. Rather than wander from the heart of God, he now wants to go toward it. His willing heart is a huge answer to prayer. If you are so led, we make the invitation that if you would like to be part of a care package send-off, we will be accepting gifts that Terry will receive as he leaves. The following are some suggestions and/or needs: Men’s shirts size 3x-both short and long sleeve, a men’s mid-weight jacket size 3x, men’s underwear size 40 or 42, drinks & snacks for his long trip (2 days in a bus), the book, “The Shack,” a u-shaped head pillow, and electronic handheld game, and iPod Shuffle or similar mp3 player, a picture frame & gift card from JC Penney portraits, and a gift appropriate for a 15 yr old daughter, a 13 yr old son, and his wife. We will be able to receive anything you may want to bring through Sunday night, October 12th.
In the bonds of love, Firehouse Underground