• Joe Carr

Blogging in Boston

So here we are…blogging in Boston! What a journey! It is a little surreal to finally have arrived after more than a year and a half of praying and planning. Obviously we are so grateful to God and to our family and friends who have supported and helped us along.

Sitting in our new house in a new neighborhood comes with a lot of mixed emotions. First of all, it is just plain cool to have access to all of the amenities this great city has to offer! We’re loving the library, parks, restaurants and groceries all within walking distance. The kids love any excuse to get on the subway, and we’ve found a few. And with so much to offer within an hour’s driving time, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg exploring New England.

On the other hand, there have been moments of missing our friends, our church family, our old jobs, our backyard, and a little space to separate our children when needed. From time to time, we have felt pretty small in this potentially overwhelming and overcrowded part of the country. Leaving a ten-year home meant leaving behind those places we could always drop in on if we needed to see a familiar face. There have been a few days of “what now?” but for the most part we have been busy with all of the moving mess: the packing, unpacking, forwarding the mail, changing the address, visiting the DMV, setting up new utilities, projects around the house, and on and on and on.

Now we are four weeks in and beginning to remember and work toward why we came. We have spent time with our neighbors, visited churches, joined a work-out group, met new friends, and even introduced ourselves to strangers. Tonight we are having our second meal and prayer time with our ministry partners in the neighborhood. Lauryn is very close to securing a job and we are looking forward to school starting for the kids (post-Labor Day). Once those two boxes are checked, new rhythms will set in and we can adopt an even greater focus.

We set out on this journey many months ago with core beliefs that shape our expectations. These are things we are holding on to--and tightly--when the emotional pendulum swings from one side to the other. We believe that God is a great story-teller. We believe that God does not waste our experiences. We believe that true life is found in Jesus. And even though it is not one of our stated beliefs, we also know that God’s timing is not ours. We do not know the "when's" and "how's". What we do know is God is patient; and so we will be, too. And if you learn nothing from a visit to the DMV, waiting is not for the faint of heart. But that is why we are here. We are patiently waiting to see the culminating vision God gave us last Spring: to start a church in East Boston. And so we work and wait.

Come, Lord Jesus.

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