As you enter our house, you’ll notice a few things. The entry way to our house isn’t a grand stairway or have vaulted ceilings. It’s a wide entry with three doorways that lead into different areas of our house. The doorway straight ahead leads to what I call the men’s living room. The doorway to the left leads to a hallway that leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms and the one to the right lead to the women’s living room.
As you walk in through the front door, if you look around, you can see who lives in this house. There’s a grouping of pictures on the left wall of our family. I don’t know how many pictures are there but there are quite a few of all of us at different stages in our lives. Directly across from that grouping is a frame that was given to us by someone special to us. It has four pictures in the frame. This frame says, “Having a place to go is home. Having someone to love is family.” That pretty much sums us our feelings about our house and our family.
As you continue down the short entryway, you’ll see a red table just beyond the doorway on the right. This table was bought specifically for this place and it has things on there that rotate depending on the season. I bring up this table not because it has special meaning or is a cool piece of furniture but because what is on the wall just above the table.
Hanging on the wall in this space is perhaps one of the most important and meaningful art piece we have in our home. We didn’t purchase this art. It was drawn for us and given to us by a dear friend. This painting started out as one thing to the artist and ended up being extremely important to us as a family. If you’ve entered our home, you’ve probably noticed it but maybe you’ve never paid attention to it. This piece of art is absolutely beautiful and let me tell you why it’s so important to us.
This was done when we helped lead a college ministry in our home. Not this home but one a little ways back. This was done by one of the leaders in that ministry and at that time, it portrayed our group perfectly. The canvas was imperfect, just like us. There are runs from the paint, just as there were runs of tears down our faces of sadness, growth, happiness and love. There are cracks in the paint because there were cracks in us that needed to be healed. There are circles of all different sizes and a couple of flowers on there. There is a red circle on the painting with three different colored lines going through the circle. To us, the red circle represented our group and the three different colored lines represent the Trinity living in and through each of us.
This painting may mean nothing to you but to us, it means the world. It means we met people like Colt, Shaina, Nick, Matt, Travis, Lindsey, KT, Shon, Dan, Jessica, Creed, Lauren, Olivia and so many more. It was a time where I was able to minister to a cousin I barely knew but who has become a huge part of our life. It was a time where we all made mistakes but in the end, all was forgiven because we are forgiven. It wasn’t a perfect family all of the time but it was our perfect family. We laughed, cried, ate food and each of these people had a major influence on my kid’s lives. I’m sad we don’t see many of these people any more but every time I look at this painting, I can think about them and know what we had was God inspired and beautiful. This painting is so much more than a painting. It reminds us of God’s Glory!
The entry to our home isn’t as spectacular as many houses I have entered. But what it contains on the walls is more spectacular than many gorgeous entryways. The things on the walls may not mean anything to you but to us, it’s our life, spread out for all to see as you enter. We welcome you here and we say goodbye to you here but remember, all who want to come in and share their life with us are welcome.
Love you all!