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Cover with a damp towel and let rise.

Closing on Huss School and holding the actual keys in our hands opens up a world of possibilities. We, along with *cino and Three Rivers friends, are eager to get to work on everything from the nitty gritty details of cleaning to recruiting students for service and study. However…
We’ve attempted to put all of the ingredients together just right for this project and now we need to let things rest for a bit. It will be quite like the process of making bread from scratch, which begins with a lot of doing–gathering, measuring, proofing, mixing, kneading. And then, after that initial frenzy of work, you place the dough in a bowl, cover it, put it in a warm place and let it rest. Rising requires proper preparation and is necessary for a successful finished product.
The next few weeks will be a time of resting and rising for the Imagining Space project. Though it may not look like we’re doing much, there will be plenty going on beyond our efforts. Rising is a process that can’t be rushed as the micro-organisms–our dreams and ideas–begin to bond in new ways to become something that is both beautiful and nourishing.
Please say a prayer for this process, that we’ll have eyes to see the possibilities that emerge from this time of rising and that we’ll be re-energized and refreshed for all of the tasks that lie ahead of us in July and beyond.

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

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