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The Next Right Thing.

Spoiler Alert: There is a scene in Frozen 2 (bear with me) where Ana has seemingly just lost her best friends Olaf and Elsa (her sister). It is sad as you watch Ana begun to acknowledge her new reality...like any good Disney movie she busts out into song and sings, "So I will do the next right thing". These last two weeks have been hard. Members have come through the office doors frustrated that hours have been cut while in other cases jobs have been lost all together, the kids are home, they have friends or family that are sick...and everyone is wondering what to do. It is not at all helpful when the thing "to do" right now is nothing. Stay home. Work from home is not a luxury any of our me

Grace.

Unmerited, unknown, un-understood favor. Grace is often described as unmerited favor. But i know Grace and she is deep. There were many things I learned from her the day I took this picture on September 17, 2012, but I also learned I didn’t really know how much Grace I needed. And later I would find out that much about Grace would remain un-understood. I married Grace. Grace trusted me, and I trusted her. But Grace and I have been through some serious things, and that is when you find out. You find out how much you want Grace. And how much she has been through, but she still wants to be known, to be seen and understood despite the truth some of her will always be un-understood, unknown, and

Rejoice.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:4-5 If you have been to Hope Street in the last year - there are a few different "things" that may welcome you. It could be our front stoop smokers (which we don't love the idea of, but at least you are greeted by a person), It could be one of our kiddos running through the halls, or it could be Nikki singing. Nicole LOVES to sing. We hear her voice every morning and sometimes afternoon. To many of us - it sounds like noise. But I imagine to our Father it sounds like praise, adoration and joy, deep rooted joy. Even when the songs aren't "worship songs". Nikki spe

What's Wrong With The World Today?

“Let us forget for a day whatever we may think about the faults of others; and pray that we may not again wreck the hope of the world by faults of our own.” – G.K. Chesterton One of my favorite Chesterton anecdotes is his response to The Times, who sent an inquiry to a number of famous authors asking them: “What’s wrong with the world today?” Chesterton’s response was one only he could have penned: “Dear Sir, I am. Yours, G.K. Chesterton.” In our community meeting this past Sunday there was a discussion about what to do when another member is under the influence and staff is not around. Not everyone living at Hope Street has a history of substance use or addiction, and thoughts ranged from