It’s a big day. But it’s not the last day.

Categories:Ideas, Story
Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

May 27 is here! We set this date and the $20,000 fundraising goal early in May according to the terms of *cino’s offer to purchase the historic Huss School in Three Rivers, Michigan. As I write, we have just over $5,000 left to go and we’re still waiting to see what the rest of this day brings.

The past few weeks have been exhilarating and exhausting. So many words of wisdom, encouragement and caution have come our way as we’ve put a big dream out there to see what happens. Will we breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate if we reach this first goal? Of course! Dozens of people from all over the world have already come together in hopeful anticipation of what might be possible for a small organization in a small town in southwest Michigan.

A celebration will honor the guiding success of the past month, but it will also be an opportunity to renew our collective commitment to the next phase of hard work. If Huss School is the place we’re called to be, there are many logistics in our very near future–negotiating fees and contracts, gathering information, signing papers. If Huss School is not the place we’re called to be, there’s the work of taking a step back as a board of directors and community of stakeholders to re-imagine where to direct the momentum that’s gathered behind the campaign. Beyond either outcome, there’s more planning, meeting, talking, fundraising, grant writing, blogging…

Amid all of this, Rob and I stand with all of you at an intersection–the intersection of past and future, of global and local, of pushing and being pulled, of audacity and caution. We pray that our stillness at this intersection is and will continue to be characterized by love, faith, hope and joy that reach deeper than we can ever fully know and tie all of us to the great mystery of God’s heart.

So please donate if you can. Send us your thoughts if you have words in waiting. And go in peace to embody Love through service in the place where you are. Thank you for your attentiveness to Imagining Space!

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Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.