Signs and Raised Feet
A week prior, as we were presented with this opportunity, and worried about the loss of what is familiar and good, I noticed that the move announcement at Bethany would coincide with my message on the 6th of Jesus' Last Words on Life from the cross: "It is finished". It was a series of messages planned months prior, and, as always, God goes before. "Eben-ezer" (Hitherto has the LORD helped) and "Jehovah-Jireh" (The LORD provides).
Back to Francis and the white smoke... I love a line from Christopher Lowney's remarkable book, Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World. He tells the story of the Jesuits, the "Society of Jesus" (of which Francis is a member). And, he describes the Jesuit calling as "living with one foot raised". Not as Captain Morgan, but as the availability to go anywhere at any time for the mission of Jesus Christ.