So… less than a week since we returned to London a handful of us trotted across town to help Rachel Jordan paint her bathroom. The reason for this paint job is that Rachel wants to get her house ready to sell, on the market and find a new place in Wapping. Currently, while intricately part of our community she lives about an hour away in Clapham, south London… still in London … but just not local!
There are two things that excite me about this… or two things that this demonstrates that I love about MH. One is the commitment to one another. I find that the commitment and care for one another in MH is extraordinary. We don’t get it right all of the time but we are really trying to figure out what loving well looks like.
So whether painting bathrooms, doing up properties in France, delivering meals for new parents, helping others move, taking in people without homes or simply eating meals together we are demonstrating love in both practical and radical ways everyday. In a time and city where people are more and more isolated this demonstration of love for one another and hospitality is profoundly counter cultural and transformative.
The other thing that excites me is that people are really feeling this pull to move east, to move into the neighborhood. God seems to be uping the ante here.
Revelation 21: 3-4
“Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone — all the first order of things gone.”