When I began this journey I was worried I would be extremely homesick. After all, leaving behind my family, friends and home, not to mention a plethora of very noisy animals, was just a tad bit daunting. As with any new adventure that expands a person’s spirit while stretching the boundaries of personal comfort zones I was both enthusiastic and apprehensive. Luckily, Robin and I were blessed with a little home away from home in our Mini Winnie. I have to admit the 31 foot RV did not feel little when I was driving it for the first time but it does serve wonderfully as a warm and inviting place to settle in at days end.
This morning we got ready, packed up our house and drove to Cumberland First Baptist Church here in the outskirts of Indianapolis. We were met with such warmth and joy that it felt more like a home coming than a visit. Even without the beautiful signs of inclusion adorning the walls of their halls and sanctuary (though there were many) it would have been abundantly clear that Cumberland’s congregation is truly welcoming and affirming!
From the beautiful opening music - “Ode to Joy” played by Rev. Wyatt Watkins on the violin - to the closing benediction given by our very own Rev. Robin Lunn, the service was filled with both comforting, familiar traditional elements and energized, progressive components; each portion functioning as a building block for the next. We were inspired, entertained and brought together with amazing music, stories from Dr. Seuss, a witness of the “why” of inclusion and a rethinking of what is means to be The Living Jubilee.
So after an incredible service, a wonderful question & answer forum, and a yummy lunch with new friends we hopped into our house and drove back to the campground leaving us time in this beautiful day to reflect on the experience and imagine the next.
Although I do miss all the familiar and dear parts of my life I never expected to find such a profound feeling of home at each stop.