Now We’re Done

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Finally, yesterday evening, Christa and I bought a home here in Moorhead, Minnesota. We’ve been waiting since August 2008 to complete this transition from Dallas, Texas, to the Fargo/Moorhead area.

Now we’re done.

In late May we closed on the sale of our home in Dallas. As the great theologian Yoda would say, “Thankful we are.” We anticipated closing on our Moorhead home immediately following the Dallas closing. But it was not to be. All of the new housing regulations (ugh!) created no end of hold-ups for all of us involved in this deal, hold-ups that had absolutely nothing to do with our seller or us or our realtors or our finances or financing. It all had to do with our new home’s appraisal process, and the rules and regulations now shaping how lenders process appraisals.

But now we’re done. And we’re so thankful to be done. The long transition is, in our minds, now completed. We’re home.

Psalm 136:1-2, which I read this morning in my study of the Word (so very timely it is), reads: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.

My gals and I are so deeply grateful, for the closing on this house here in Moorhead, Minnesota symbolizes a year of God’s faithfulness to us in the midst of a transition that includes blizzards and floods. It symbolizes God’s firm calling in our lives, from a place of relative comfort and familiarity to a place that we’d never dreamed we’d engage. It symbolizes the joy of dependency in a manner that our comfort and familiarity did not necessarily require. It symbolizes His goodness to us, and the fact that our God “remembered us in our low estate” (Psalm 136:23).

Let me just say that for the thousands of people at Bethel Church who have been praying for us these many long months: thank you! And for the elders and staff who have been like Aaron and Hur holding us up when days were long and hard: we are so appreciative for you! And for our families that have encouraged us in numerous ways: we love you!

The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!

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