rejoice.

ah. today marks one week of being in Ohio. it definitely feels like it’s been much longer than that, but I’m glad that I still have ten weeks left because I’m really enjoying my time here.

this week will be the first “real” week of my internship. I guess by “real,” I really mean most normal. last week had extra meetings and all sorts of orientation-like things, but this week will be more like what most weeks will look like this summer, so I’m excited to see how it goes.

we had the first meeting of 18/28 on Wednesday and it went really well! we had almost 50 people there, which I think was more than most of us expected to have, so that was really cool! I think I’m really going to enjoy being a part of that group this summer. most of the work I’ll be doing is with the middle and high school groups, so it’ll be nice to also be part of a community my age.

this morning, Jake and I were introduced to the church at the four (yes, four!) morning services, which was interesting (and a bit exhausting). the sermon this morning was an introduction to this summer’s series on Romans 12. this morning focused on the word “therefore” and part of the sermon talked about different things that we’re told to do in Romans 12. the one that stuck out to me the most both times we stayed for the sermon was “rejoice in hope.”

rejoice in hope.

I think I’ll be coming back to this phrase a lot this summer. it’s hard being away from home, especially during the summer because I’m away from such a strong community. the community here at Northminster is incredible and I’m really looking forward to becoming a part of it, but it’s definitely not easy being away from my friends and family back in GR. it’ll be difficult spending anniversaries away from the comfort that Grand Rapids brings, but I was reminded this morning to rejoice. to rejoice in suffering. to rejoice in uncertainty. to rejoice in the promise of a great future. to rejoice in hope.

today’s request:
-my knee has been bothering me a bit since running the Riverbank a few weeks ago. for a while, it was just an annoying pain every once in a while, but it’s been really painful today, so I might have to go get it checked out sometime this week. I’m hoping for the pain to just go away, but otherwise that it’ll be something that can heal quickly, especially because we’re heading to New Mexico for a mission trip in two weeks.

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