You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’ a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

Theodor Seuss Geisel

The summer of  2014 has been an adventuresome one for the Lotus House.  It seems that only for brief moments has the whole house been together.  It has been a summer marked by constant prayer for safe travels and return of family and friends.   House members have traveled to South Dakota, Wyoming, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, North Carolina, and England.  During these travels, we have rested, IMAG0609hiked in nature, studied theology, pursued job prospects, visited old friends, and celebrated with family, among
many other things.

Despite these travels, there has still been an active spirit of hospitality at the house.  We have continued to celebrate with our community dinners every Friday, and North City Church of Christ still put on 3 weeks of VBS, with the help of the house and several church youth groups.

We have welcomed a variety of people through our home.  We reIMAG0606ceived friends from the Deaconness Ann House, a group of young individuals living in north St. Louis and volunteering in local nonprofits.  David, Megan and Gus from Reba Place Fellowship in Chicago spent a weekend with our house, sharing in our life and continuing to build friendship between our communities.

We also unexpectedly welcomed Tim and Claudia from the Foxhill Bruderhof community in New York.  They spent 2 weeks in St. Louis to see what work God was doing here and to IMAG0612serve where they could.  Having met some of their other community at the Nurtuing Communities Project last year, it was a joy to connect with them.

The summer is far from over, and we still anticipate a visit from some more friends at Reba in August.  Though we have traveled many places, we have continued to receive many people.  I believe it this hospitality that has fostered a spirit of unity for so many weeks during our constant coming and going.