by Beth Bondurant

With any work camp project.. there is usually the first step where things are torn out so they can be rebuilt or replaced. 


Watching the floor of your house being torn out can be extremely discombobulating.  Disabling water pipes and commodes and other necessities requires a matter of trust as one has to "wait" for restoration and normal function.


"We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God's messenger. Accepting someone's help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing"


Giving and receiving requires faith.  All participants and aspects of our life experience belong to the Master Designer.  To both give God's gift and receive God's gift requires confidence and trust.


Believing in God and in one another is mandatory and risky.


What we do and what we say makes a difference.  From the smallest and simple to the wisest and most experienced... every 'giving of self' ... every touch received... becomes a blessing in God's name.


Holding open a door... a smile of welcome... slipping over to be close... a cup of cold water... a hand to steady... a day of digging... half of your sandwich... a slice of pizza... a loaf of bread... a week without... an extra trip... a shortened nap... borrowed ladder... detailed instruction... the needed materials... a quiet prayer... the patience of Job... willing hearts and hands... a continuing commitment.


God's fire and wind... breath and spirit... love and grace permeate our giving and our receiving.


O God... we see it.. we feel it... we know it....we live it... your love and presence are TRUE.  Thank you for showing us... for using us... for giving to us... for allowing us to give of ourselves.  We taste your goodness in a sip of cold water... in the mud and muck below the foundation... in the level of the floor... in the sturdiness of the walkway.  We give thanks for the signs of renewal and redemption you bring each new day.  We pray our love continues to grow and develop so that we are quick to respond... ready to give and to receive when the calling comes again to... "tear it out"!