I Saw The Unexpected
How much we need Christ to break through. Pete's encounter at My Father's House.
I am now looking back to April 18th, right after the Fraternity Exercises. It was my first time going. I’m not a part of the Fraternity, but was invited to join digitally. I want to share my experience of the Exercises and a judgment I made.
My heart was moved the weekend of the Exercises. At the exercises, we talked about the need for the unexpected. Our need for Christ to break through in reality so we don’t confine our life and problems to our preconceptions. Our need for the unexpected to answer our questions.
Right after the exercises, I went for dinner at MFH. At MFH I met the unexpected.
Some background. MFH is "My Father's House," a non-profit focused on housing and supporting men as they come out of prison on parole. MFH rents them a room, provides companionship as well as support in getting their documents, a job, a car, and a more permanent home. The goal is to provide a face of hope to these men as they start their lives over. MFH regularly hosts dinners where the men and friends of MFH all eat together and hang out.
That night I talked to David, who told me about his dream to be a sci-fi writer one day. He currently isn’t ALLOWED to write because of all of his parole restrictions. He would have to get permission to write ANYTHING. This man who’s just come out of prison and will probably never have a life in the way I will (at least on a superficial level), whose outlook, if he allowed it to be so, could be very bleak, is dreaming!! He’s dreaming of accomplishing something amazing and something he loves one day, after everything he’s been through.
Another man there, Michael, told me that his weekend was great because he woke up and that’s a blessing.
Seeing these men, whose difficult circumstances we know well, who are grateful, joyful, and in whom dreams are alive, I saw the unexpected.
How many times do I ignore my dreams, desires, and the beauty of reality because I’m tired or annoyed, or don’t get a small thing I want?
This is what I need. I’m just amazed.
How can I go back to my job, my week, my house the same?
Pete, Denver, Colorado